02/13/2012 07:24 EST | Updated 04/14/2012 05:12 EDT

Alberta mayor wants apology from Liberals for incorrect accusation about cheque

PENHOLD, Alta. - The mayor of a central Alberta town wants an apology from the Alberta Liberals.

The Liberals sent out a news release Monday saying the town donated $609 to the Innisfail Progressive Conservative Association.

Penhold Mayor Dennis Cooper says the Liberals did not check their facts before publicly accusing his council of illegally donating money to local Tories.

Cooper says the cheque was a refund for an overpayment for rooms the local PCs rented at the town's multiplex centre.

Cooper says one of Penhold's councillors is running for the Alberta Party and would have likely had something to say if an illegal donation was actually made.

Publicly funded bodies like school boards and municipalities have been barred since 2004 under the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act from contributing to political parties.

Alberta's chief electoral officer is currently investigating allegations that 10 Conservative riding associations either solicited or received illegal campaign funds.