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The big book of campaign donations in civic politics

April 29th, 2010 · 9 Comments

The MSM (mainstream media) has taken a beating in recent years, as everyone from the far right to the far left to the far centre takes a run at everything they do wrong.

But they do some things right, thanks to the dedication of many journalists who see their work as more than just a job. The Vancouver Sun, and specifically my old work colleagues Lori Culbert and Chad Skelton, have undertaken the arduous task of tallying up campaign donations from the last civic election and making it easy for all of us to look at them methodically. (Hint on who the biggest donors are: one municipal union and one big developer.) This is the kind of project that bloggers won’t be undertaking any time in the foreseeable future.

The main story of the series is here and it links to all kinds of tables that are searchable by politician, donor, municipality and political party. I for one am looking forward to poring over it, especially so I can see the contributions to smaller municipalities where I’ve frequently been told it’s the Wild West when it comes to campaign contributions and development.

It will be a resource for me and others. It might even push the provincial government into changing the rules so that this kind of information is more easily available. Thank you.

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