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#1 martini

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 12:58 PM

2011 mayoral candidates disclose campaign finances
Roszan Holmen - Victoria News March 19, 2012

Call it hedging your bets.

During the 2011 municipal election campaign, Bayview Properties made fairly hefty contributions to both rival mayoral candidates.

Bayview, in the midst of a billion-dollar development in Vic West, contributed $1,000 to support candidate Paul Brown, whose attack campaign was highly critical of both incumbent Mayor Dean Fortin and the City of Victoria.

The company also supported the mayor to the tune of $2,500 on a largely stay-the-course platform.

#2 martini

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:17 PM

Victoria, Saanich mayors spend big to win
By BILL CLEVERLEY and KIM WESTAD, timescolonist.com March 15, 2012

The mayors of Saanich and Victoria ran the most expensive campaigns of their careers in last year’s municipal election, according to disclosure documents.

Victoria Mayor Dean Fortin spent more than $76,000 — outspending his main rival, Paul Brown, by a margin of $5.36 to $1 — while Saanich Mayor Frank Leonard shelled out just over $62,000.

“Generally, it’s the same cost to run a campaign every time. You just do what you need to do,” Fortin said.

According to candidate disclosure forms — which must be filed by 4:30 p.m. Monday — Fortin lists election expenses of $76,721.90, including $20,815.42 for advertising; $13,719.28 for signs, pamphlets and brochures; and $36,299 for office expenditures.

His spending was up from 2008, when he spent about $50,000 in a narrow victory over businessman Rob Reid. (Reid spent $74,000 to come up about 600 votes shy of a win.)

#3 Holden West

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 01:39 PM

Filipovic had not filed his disclosure as of Wednesday.

Read more: http://www.timescolo...l#ixzz1pbJjq8fq

EDIT: looks like Steve got in right under the wire so he evaded disqualification and will be able to run fruitless campaigns in the future.


EDIT AGAIN: It looks like Steve first tried calculating only his donor contributions, not the over $2,500 of his own money he spent on the campaign. That's a pretty dumb error for a guy who promised he could singlehandedly fix the financial troubles at City Hall:

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