Citizens at City Hall found an interesting tidbit in their analysis of the 2006 municipal election donation records filed with the city clerk's office.
Apparently, Councillor Tom Jackson, who raised $43,955 in donations (more than Mayor Eisenberger raised), spent $13,334 on a "voting day party/appreciation notices". (He spent an additional $6,137 in exempted funds on throwing a $35-a-plate fundraiser.)
By a happy coincidence, this expense is exempted from spending limits under the Municipal Elections Act, which is good because otherwise it would have put Councillor Jackson afoul of the law.
CATCH notes that the Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods and a 2004 election finance review task force in Toronto recommend eliminating spending exemptions for throwing parties and holding fundraisers, since they allow candidates to exploit a loophole that in Jackson's case let him raise 1.8 times as much money as he would otherwise be allowed.
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