Nothing to hide?
We were surprised and disappointed by how few of the candidates running in Airdrie’s Oct. 21 municipal election were willing to share the identities of their campaign donors. (See story on page 4).
A number of candidates said they are funding their campaign themselves and that is fair.
Others admitted their campaign was partly funded by donation but will not release who made those contributions.
Many of those same candidates said they believe transparency is important but contradicted that statement when holding their cards close to their chest.
Election candidates are not required to release names or amounts of donations made to their campaign before the election date, but are legally required to release donors names and amounts after the election has closed. So the truth will come out.
It is hard to understand why people who claim to value open and honest communication and are trying to gain the trust of Airdrie residents would refuse to disclose who is supporting them in their race for a seat on council.
If you have nothing to hide, why wouldn’t you shout your supporters from the rooftops to give them credit and thank them? And if your donors believe in you, why wouldn’t they agree to publicly show they are behind you?