Liberal leader refunds $11,000 to anonymous donors
Liberal Leader Dwight Ball has given $11,000 back to donors from his leadership campaign because they wanted to remain anonymous.
Liberal Leader Dwight Ball —Telegram file photo
This morning, Ball released financial details from his campaign.
Ball personally paid $223,321 from his own pocket to fund the campaign, and received $78,384 from corporations and individuals. He also picked up $11,028 from a fundraising golf tournament he held.
The Liberal leadership rules allowed for candidates to take unlimited donations from individuals and corporations, with no obligation to disclose who they took the money from.
Ball took donations, and when he went back to his donors to ask about disclosure, some of them said that they’d rather stay anonymous.
In those cases, Ball gave the money back.
A full list of his donors was published on his website — www.dwightball.ca — this morning, alongside the contribution amounts.
Ball is now calling on the Liberal Party to change its rules so that, in future, all campaign donations must be disclosed.
“I have also suggested the party executive implement a full disclosure policy for all financial contributions made to the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador,” he said.
To view a PFDF of the full donor’s list, CLICK HERE.
Dumaresque releases finances
Liberal leadership candidate Danny Dumaresque followed suit with Ball. Less than an hour after Ball's finances were released to the media, Dumaresque followed suit.
He raised $32,850 in his campaign, and gave back $3,000 to people who wanted to remain anonymous.
He also called for stricter rules in the future around campaign finances.
"There is a direct relationship between money and votes and while total equality may never be obtained, the party must insure that the process never allows for unfettered spending,” Dumaresque said.