Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks during a media availability at Queen's Park in Toronto, Thursday, Oct, 1, 2015. (Photo: Marta Iwanek/CP)
$500K targets for cabinet ministers?She refused to confirm reports that her cabinet ministers have been given fundraising targets of $150,000 to $500,000 annually, but defended the need to raise money for political parties. "What's very important is that we understand what the rules are and that the people who need information — and in this case I would say the public — about who is donating and what the interaction is, that that is available," said Wynne. In Ontario, people, corporations or unions can donate $9,775 to a party each year, another $9,975 to the party for each campaign period, plus $6,650 annually to constituency associations of any one party. They can also donate $6,650 to candidates of any one party in a campaign, but no more than $1,330 to a single candidate. Federally, the maximum political contribution is $1,525 to each party, plus another $1,525 in total to all the registered associations and candidates of each party. However, Ontario parties set their own limits for leadership campaigns, and one young man made a single $100,000 donation to PC leadership candidate Christine Elliott in the 2015 campaign she lost to Patrick Brown.
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