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.
At this point, I am reporting a total of $318,772 from 441 donors. Of those donors, 230 have made donations between $10 and $100, for a total of $13,893. A list of the 211 donors who have made aggregate contributions of more than $100 is available here, broken down into ranges. My final financial disclosure prior to the vote will include all final and specific amounts donated. This list represents all valid contributions that the campaign has received up until September 23rd.
I’d like to thank everyone who has made a contribution to the campaign up to this point. The support from Edmontonians of all backgrounds has been truly inspiring.