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5 Questions About Dean Del Mastro's Election Spending

06/11/2012 01:47 EDT | Updated 08/11/2012 05:12 EDT
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Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro, the party's lead spokesman on the robocalls election controversy, faces allegations of his own over his spending in the 2008 federal election.

The member for Peterborough, Ont. is reportedly under investigation for spending too much money in the campaign almost four years ago. Invoices and cheques filed in a small claims court case show $21,000 spent on polling and get-out-the-vote services, apparently paid for with a personal cheque from Del Mastro, that is unaccounted for.

Del Mastro says he absolutely did not overspend to get elected and that the expenses he filed with Elections Canada have been audited.

No charges have been filed, and the allegations from the court documents have not been tested in court. Elections Canada won't confirm whether they are investigating, as is their policy.

Under the Elections Act, penalties for exceeding personal contribution limits or going over the campaign spending limit are fines of up to $5,000 or up to five years in prison.

Opposition MPs say Del Mastro's responses so far don't clear up the mystery surrounding the records. Here are five questions raised by his 2008 campaign spending:

5 Spending Questions For Dean Del Mastro