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Alberta Election Campaign Donations: Elections Boss To Post Results Of Finance Reviews This Month

01/02/2013 05:29 EST | Updated 03/04/2013 05:12 EST
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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - SEPTEMBER 13: Brian Fjeldheim, a worker with the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) watches as his team audits disputed ballots at Independent Elections Commission (IEC) warehouse September 13, 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is still leading in the latest the presidential polls, as early results are released by election officials. Presently, out of 5,545,149 valid votes from 92.82 percent of the country's polling stations, Karzai has 3,009,559 and Abdullah Abdullah, former foreign minister, has 1,558,591, according to reports from the Independent Election Commission (IEC). (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
EDMONTON - Alberta's chief electoral officer is to post results of his investigations into election campaign donations by the end of this month.

Elections Alberta says Brian Fjeldheim is to release details about any violations by Jan. 31 on the office's website.

He is also to disclose any allegations that prove to be unfounded if the subject of a complaint requests that he do so.

Amendments passed in the legislature's fall sitting give Fjeldheim the power to publicly name names and give details on election campaign violations.

The government said he had that power all along, but Fjeldheim had a different interpretation of the rules.

The Election Accountability Amendment Act also allows him to report retroactively on funding violators going back three years.

Donations and their source became a hot-potato issue for the governing Tories last year — especially after allegations that they broke election rules by accepting a $430,000 contribution from Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz. The maximum individual amount is $30,000.

Fjeldheim has investigated and issued fines in dozens of cases but refused to make the names public or to hand any of his cases over to the Justice Department for formal prosecution under the Election Act.

Other changes include:

— disclosure of names and addresses of contributors who make political contributions over $250 (formerly $375).

— quarterly disclosure of financial contributions by political parties and constituency associations.

— reporting and disclosure of contributions to leadership contenders.