Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fund Raising: Indirectly, or Directly: Is There a Darkside to MLA / Minister Fassbender et al?

..... A provincial candidate can spend $70,000 during an election, without limit before it.

However, the local Rotary Club can’t spend more than $3,000, even if it’s on an ad discussing the benefits of school lunch programs.

So what’s a citizen to do if that $3,000 third-party spending limit stands in the way of getting their message out?   Find a chum, form a political party, run a candidate and mystically that limit is now $5.5 million.  ......

The BC Liberals have been much in the news as of late due to their million dollar fundraisers where bags of money are handed over to be deposited into their war chest coffers Directly, and Indirectly through third party Lobbyists who's role is to insulate the secret benefactors from Elections BC documentation of who is doing what, and how much.

Mark Jiles
Both registered lobbyists acknowledged to The Globe they were actually buying Liberal fundraising tickets on behalf of their clients and companies, then getting reimbursed, which is against the law.

“That’s an indirect political contribution and that’s not okay,” said Ms. Western. “You can only make a political contribution with your own money – and you can’t be reimbursed.”  - Globe and Mail

For the past four years Christy and Company/Government have expended a ton of time, and taxpayer money, supporting communities, and through various groups.

BC Government Flickr

Every time the Premier, and/or her Ministers show up for a photo op, there they are handing out  government cheques.

Can you just imagine having the Premier of Province, and Ministers arriving at your community by helicopter handing over a cheque for $150,000?     Buying votes?

Peter Fassbender admits his photo op kerfuffle was his 'screw-up'.  The bucks stops where?

Are there two sets of photos taken?  One for the BC Government Flickr site, one for the Party campaign?

If a group of 100 were looking for thousands of dollars of funding Directly from the BC Liberal Government, what better way would that be achieved than a group of 100 donating $10 - $50 to the BC Liberal Party coffers individually $1,000 - $5,000, in exchange for 15 times more in grant money?  BC Liberal Party Wins;  the Group Wins

Doling out money so close to the Provincial Election smacks of a 2017 Win-Win scenario, much like the BC Liberals 2013 Quick Win election ploy.

Fassbender quote:
“They came and I took a picture, and I said whatever you do don’t have any B.C. Liberal stuff in the background because it’s not a campaign thing,” said Fassbender. “I should never have allowed them to take a picture there.”

Harjinder Thind Photo
"They came and I took a picture ..."   "I" being Peter Fassbender!!

Fassbender "I" is in the photo.  A Selfie?

'Screws-up' definition:
To fail at something, to do something wrong/incorrectly (sometimes repeatedly). Someone that screws up a lot is called a "screw-up"   

Vancouver Sun - Rob Shaw
Fassbender apologized Wednesday in an interview.
...... “I own this, I should never have done it,” he said. “It’s a mistake and it will never happen again, I can assure you. I know the difference. It was just one of those mornings where there was a screw-up with everyone coming to my constituency office.”

Fassbender said he did one set of photos with part of the group in his MLA constituency office that Saturday morning — which is normal procedure for an MLA announcing local money — and then another group asked him for a photo later and he was already at his campaign office.

“They came and I took a picture, and I said whatever you do don’t have any B.C. Liberal stuff in the background because it’s not a campaign thing,” said Fassbender. “I should never have allowed them to take a picture there.”  ......

How many other photo ops have taken place specifically to reward the BC Liberal Party?

The Fassbender's ffices are mere blocks apart ......

Government office in Surrey, British Columbia
Address: 15930 Fraser Hwy, Surrey, BC V4N 0X8
Province: British Columbia
Phone: (604) 501-3227


Campaign Office
108 - 15428 Fraser Highway
Surrey, BC V3R 3P5


Why does BC Hydro provide funding to the North Shore Mountain Bike Association for erosion problems caused by the NSMBA to the Right of Way?   Why does the District of North Vancouver fund the NSMBA for erosion damage caused by the bikers?

The NSMBA would like to thank BC Hydro for recent grant funding to address erosion and sustainability issues on the Baden Powell.  This project will begin this month and build upon the work completed in 2013.
Why are our payments for BC Hydro electricity being used to fund other community groups?

BC Hydro Power Smart  Go Fund = $800,000

Update Update

Google Search Criteria:  BC Government:  Gaming Grants

Gaming Grants Paid to Community Organizations

 2016/2017   =  $89,197,543.00

April 1, 2016 to January 3, 2017  - generated January 3, 2017
April 1, 2016 to October 28, 2016  - generated October 28, 2016
April 1. 2016 to July 5, 2016 - generated July 5, 2016



 Dead KPMG executive listed as $150K donor to BC Liberals

Bob Mackin

 Snip ....

.... Eric Watt was Premier Christy Clark’s financial agent for her 2011 leadership campaign. He retired from the firm as a senior partner in 2012. In 2014, he was named to the Knowledge Network board via cabinet order.

David McShane was the managing partner of the Vancouver office, but never was involved in making any of the 24 separate donations spanning five years. He died of cancer on July 17, 2004 at age 49.

How did the name of a deceased accounting executive end up in the B.C. Liberal Party’s disclosures to Elections B.C. for so many years after his death? 


David McShane and Eric Watt

David McShane and Eric Watt et al


Anonymous said...

The photo shown in the Vancouver Sun, is it the afternoon group shoot or the morning one? Did the morning photo op take the cheques with them or did they leave it for the afternoon half group? Is there one photo of the whole group?

Anonymous said...

North Van's Grumps said...

Anon above:

Thanks for the link. The post is updated