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Vision Vancouver updates campaign contributions

July 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments

For reasons not clear to me, Vision has decided to put out updated figures on its campaign contributions since the legally required financial disclosure date of March 2009.

Below is the news release summarizing the figures and I’ve got a complete copy of the donors attached. I’ve given this a quick look and, yes, lots of development money on this list. For all those scrutinizing the list to prove that councillors are in the pockets of developers and that’s why they created the rental program, what’s interesting to me is the big chunks of money from developers who actually have shown no interest in STIR projects.

What I did find interesting is the size of the donations ($15,000 from the Walls through their main company and also Yaletown Park), 10,000 from Intracorp., etc., and also the donations from groups I haven’t seen before, i.e. Terasen, Newway Concrete (they did the Olympic village concrete) and others.

I look forward to the close analysis of this list by faithful readers here.


Vision news release:

Vision Vancouver files supplemental report; retires campaign debt
July 29, 2010
Vision Vancouver announced today that its 2008 campaign debt has been retired, and has reported on its financial contributions for the period of March 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010. The report goes beyond the requirement of the Vancouver Charter by disclosing both campaign contributions as well as expenses related to paying off the campaign debt. Vision Vancouver is now the only civic party in Vancouver to have disclosed a full list of donors since the last election.
“I’m pleased to announce that our campaign debt has been paid off,” said Ian Baillie, Executive Director of Vision Vancouver. “It is clear from this report that Vision has strong support from people across Vancouver, whether they’re in business, the labour movement, or politically active citizens.
“With this report, we are continuing Vision’s commitment to financial transparency, and we are now the only municipal party in Vancouver that has disclosed its donors since the last election. In the interest of accountability, I encourage the other parties to provide a list of their donors to the public as well.”
Key areas of the report:
Total donations: $433,560.83
Total contributors: 1488
Total number of individual donations: 2925
Breakdown by sector:
Corporations: $285,849.49
Labour: $27,620
Individuals: $95,805.64

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