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B.C. Liberal Party’s high-profile fundraiser, Bob Rennie, steps back, saying he’s done his job

January 16th, 2017 · 3 Comments

I’ve been covering B.C. politics for more than 30 years. In that time, the fundraisers for various parties have been part of the scene. But none of them has achieved the high profile or hostile public reaction that Bob Rennie has. (Back in the Gordon Campbell days, Marty Zlotnik used to be the chief fundraiser. People would talk to him occasionally, but he was never in the spotlight the way Rennie has been.)

Now he says he’s stepping back. (My story here.) He’s raised pots of money for the party, the Liberals are in good shape, and he’s going off to do other things.

There’s already been speculation on Twitter that his “resignation” is somehow connected to the New York Times story published last week about the unfettered campaign fundraising in B.C.

But Rennie has been talking about quitting the fundraiser job for a while, though I’d always understood that he was going to stop after the election. As I said on Twitter, I’d be more inclined to believe that, if there is any hidden agenda, this an agreement between him and the party to remove some of the fuel in the anti-developer fire that has been licking at the Liberals’ doorstep in the last two years, as people have grown more resentful about the local crazy high housing prices.

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  • j.ponder

    Good!

  • peugeotdude505

    I think he’s done quite enough already, don’t you?

    That NYT story was great.

  • A Taxpayer

    Premier Clark has done an excellent job for British Columbians and well worth her total compensation of $245,000 so we should be thanking the Liberal Party for covering $50,000 of this cost. $195,000 is a great deal for the Province. (Mayor Robertson get $160,000 and not such great value, just to keep it in perspective).

    It is a bit rich for a US publication like the NY Times to be critical of the funding of political parties in any other country considering the recent US elections are expected to have cost in excess of $6 billion.