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

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Alberta's chief electoral officer, Brian Fjeldheim, is to post results of his investigations into election campaign donations by the end of this month. (Getty Images) | 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.

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