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2013 municipal campaign donation amount released

By: Sara Wilson

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 11:08 am

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Candidates who ran in the Oct. 21, 2013 municipal election were required to release their campaign donations to the City’s Legislative Services by March 1 and the Airdrie City View has obtained those records.

The figures show the amount of contributions received by each candidate during the campaign trail.

The Airdrie City View asked candidates on Oct. 1, 2013 to disclose the individuals or companies that backed their campaign and only two candidates chose to do so prior to the election.

Of the 15 candidates, 10 responded to emails with newcomer Darrell Belyk and incumbent Fred Burley, citing local businesses as donors.

Belyk, after he had successfully earned a seat on council, had $3,900 worth of contributions and spent $1,380 of his own money on the campaign.

Belyk’s largest contributions included: $2,500 from Mattamy Homes and $1,000 from Vitreous Glass.

Burley declared he received $4,200 in contributions and paid $1,753 of his own funds towards his campaign.

Of the $4,200, Burley received $2,500 from Mattamy Homes, $1,000 from Hassett & Reid and $500 from Westmark Holdings.

Election candidates are legally required to release donors names and amounts after the election has closed and it is an offence to sign a false statement.

Most of the candidates told the City View in October 2013, their campaigns were “self-funded” and others said they were “not accepting donations.”

Others would admit their campaign was in part funded by donations, but wouldn’t release the names or amounts.

“Even though I’m trying to be transparent and open, I can’t release the names, but they are local community supporters,” said first-time candidate Rob Jamieson at the time.

Jamieson received $4,400 in campaign contribution and spent $1,117 of his own money on his efforts. Included in the $4,400 was: a $1,000 contribution from McKee Homes, $1,000 from Hassett & Reid, $250 from Boston Pizza and $1,500 from Shane Homes. Jamieson also received $455 in undisclosed donations – donations over $100 need to legally be disclosed, donations under or including $100 do not.

Kevin Galley – who didn’t earn enough votes to be elected – received $4,700 in contributions, mostly from union organizations.

Galley received $500 from the Calgary & District Labour Council, $200 from Prosthetic Concepts in Calgary, $250 from CUPE Calgary District Council, $500 from CUPE Local 37 in Calgary, $500 from Amalgamated Transit Union (local 583), $500 from CUPE Alberta Division, $500 from UBC Local 2130, $1,500 from Alberta Federation of Labour and $250 from CUPE Local 709.

Galley responded to the City View in October 2013 saying “he would prefer not to (release the names and amounts of contributions) (but) (would) release after the campaign.”

Kevin Hughes and Angela Pitt – one half of the political slate that was Airdrie Team United – submitted disclosure statements to the City.

Airdrie Team United caused some controversy during the campaign process, when four candidates (Hughes, Pitt, Mike De Bokx and Jane Anderson) decided to run together on three issues: 24-hour health care, new developments with more green space, wider streets and more diversity of housing choices, and an ‘Airdrie’s citizens first’ mentality to growth.

Ultimately, the slate didn’t earn enough votes and all four members were not elected to council.

Hughes’s campaign generated $5,500 in contributions, which included a $5,000 contribution from “R+J Anderson,” as well as a $500 donation from Hopewell Development in Calgary.

Hughes declared that he spent $481 on his own campaign.

Pitt declared she received $5,700 in campaign contributions, and contributed $1,601 of her own money to the cause.

Of the $5,700 in contributions, a $5,000 donation from Magic Mountain Daycare – owned by Anderson – was received and records show that $1,500 was returned to Anderson. Pitt also received $200 from Willbrook Investments and $500 from Hopewell.

Back in October 2013, Pitt told the City View her campaign was “ mostly self-funded with donations from family and friends.”

Hughes explained before the municipal election that his campaign would be “self-funded,” but the Team would host a fundraiser for campaign donations.

Neither Hughes nor Pitt declared any amount of money under section 6 “Total net amount received from fund-raising functions.”

The other two members of the Airdrie Team United – Anderson and De Bokx – did not declare any statements for campaign contributions as the City explained they are “self-funded”

“If the candidates’ campaign’s were less than $10,000 and were self-funded they do not need to declare a statement,” Kari Kitiuk of the Legislative Services explained.

“We’ve asked them to (show supporting) documents.”

The returning alderman – (Mayor) Peter Brown, Allan Hunter, Kelly Hegg, Ron Chapman and Fred Burley – had the largest amounts of contributions.

Hegg, was the only candidate that spent more on his campaign ($4,935) than he received in contributions ($3,500)

Of the $3,500 in contributions Hegg received $2,500 from Mattamy Homes, $500 from Hopewell Management and $500 from Westmark Holdings.

“It costs money to run a campaign and if you’re willing to do that, you need to put your money where your mouth is,” Hegg said.

“My wife and I put up the money and we believed we had a shot at it.”

Brown – who was acclaimed for the Oct. 21, 2013 municipal election after no candidate chose to run against the mayor – received $12,000 in campaign contributions.

Of the $12,000 Brown received: $2,000 from Volker Stevin Canada, $1,500 from Dick Buchanan, $2,000 from Kidco Construction, $2,500 from Marmot Concrete, $500 from Cooper’s Crossing Joint Venture, $1,000 from Highview Communities in Edmonton and $2,500 from WRD Borger Construction Ltd. in Calgary.

Hunter received the highest amount of contributions - $21,785 – and also paid the most towards his own campaign - $8,168.

Of the $21,785 Hunter received: $5,000 from Community Natural Foods Ltd., $3,000 from Desert Bakery and Café Inc., $2,500 from Mattamy Homes and $2,000 from Whitespot Janitorial Services in Calgary.

Hunter also received a $2,500 “donation-in-kind” from Bri-Mor Development in Calgary.

“Typically, what a donation in kind is is not giving money but giving a service instead,” Hunter said. “They allowed me to use (their building) as my campaign office for close to three months.”

Hunter’s campaign office was located in Yankee Valley Plaza.

Chapman came in second with the most contributions received with $10,850.

Of the total Chapman received $1,000 from Hugh Hamilton, $1,000 from McKee Homes, $1,500 Borger Construction, $2,000 from Shane Homes, $1,000 from Jim Hassett, and $2,500 from Mattamy Homes.

Candice Kolsen, Mohammed Benini, Ken Maines, and Richard Herdman did not disclose statements, as their campaigns were “self-funded” for an amount under $10,000, according to the City.


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