Since my first term on council, campaign finance reform has been an important issue for me. Of particular interest have been donation limits and donation disclosure prior to the vote (please see here, here and here for more on that). I did some advocacy on this in 2009 and, as a result, I pledged to walk-the-walk in 2010 and disclose my donors publicly prior to the vote (you can find that here). I was the only one of my current council colleagues to do so.
In June, a few days after my mayoral announcement, I told the Edmonton Journal that I would be disclosing my donors prior to the election, just as I did in 2010. In this election, given the size and the stakes, I’ve elected to provide my donors at the beginning of the official election period and I will be disclosing again before the end of the election.
The reason I did this in 2010, and the reason I will do it again this year, is the simple principle of transparency. During elections, we look at candidates resumes, voting records and media statements before making our choices – I believe that who funds your campaign should be part of that decision-making process. (more…)