US political strategy firm used widely by Tory MPs, but not always cited in Elections Canada reports - 2012-04-16
Four of the 14 Conservative MPs who hired US political strategists in the 2011 election do not list the voter contact firm on their Elections Canada expense reports, the Vancouver Observer has learned.
Last week, the Republican-tied company admitted to the Vancouver Observer that its top American staff campaigned directly in several Ontario ridings last year, knocking on doors and phoning constituents, seemingly in violation of election laws. While 10 different Tory candidates reported using the firm, its four remaining clients did not identify the expense.
Columbus, Ohio-based Front Porch Strategies boasts extensive links to the U.S. Republican Party, with principal partners having worked for over a decade on campaigns in both Canada and the States—including that of former President George W. Bush.