Dwight Ball releases campaign donors list

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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.

 

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  • Scott
    December 17, 2013 - 08:35

    @ Virginia Waters, Maybe you can explain the liberals plans concerning our people? Because Mr Ball can't seem to do it.

  • Joe
    December 17, 2013 - 06:38

    The Town of Deer Lake donated 300 dollars to Liberal candidate Dwight Ball who is brother of Mayor Dean Ball .That is not how taxpayer dollars should be spent to support any political candidate.

  • anon-anon
    December 16, 2013 - 17:04

    As someone born and raised in Deer Lake, I am quite concerned to see the Town of Deer Lake listed as a donor.

  • Thomas
    December 16, 2013 - 15:27

    Kudos to Mr. Ball for disclosing contributions to his campaign even though he was not required to do so. I also believe he acted correctly in returning donations to those who did not feel comfortable having their donations being made public. I had actually written a cheque for $250 to Ball's campaign but in the end decided against sending it. Why? Because I was afraid it would become public. I am an independent consultant. I rarely do any government work but I do work for a wide range of companies that deal with government. Some of those clients might look elsewhere if they thought I was 'persona non grata' with the Dunderdale administration. I suspect other would-be contributors had the same concern. This government has shown itself to be the most petty and vindictive since the days of Smallwood. My small donation - had I given it - was hardly going to buy me any special favours from a Ball administration. In fact, I’m not even a Liberal. I voted Tory most of my life. But I am now dismayed at the cavalier way in which our unprecendented new wealth is being squandered and misused by an arrogant and dishonest government.

  • Virginia Waters
    December 16, 2013 - 15:07

    @Robb, Charles and Janet - whose comments come no doubt from the same taxpayer-owned-desk as John Smith. You'll have to be a bit more specific and coherent in your criticisms of the Liberals if you have any hope of stopping the steamroller headed your way. Calling Ball a 'dingbat' or accusing the Liberals of ‘blowing wind’ just doesn't do it. For an example of blowing-wind, you might look to today’s Cheers & Jeers speech by Dunderdale that sets a new low in government gobbly-gook. And poor Robb doesn’t seem to understand the difference between campaign disclosure involving the donation of private monies, and Bill 29 which Dunderdale uses to deny public access to information paid for by the public. Labelled by experts as the most secretive piece of legislation in this country, it allows her government to do whatever it wants without having to answer to the public. But, of course, she will held to account in 2015 if not sooner.

  • Janet
    December 16, 2013 - 13:21

    All we need is another dingbat hanging on the walls of HOA.. Mr Ball just don't have any foresight, concerning any of the problems,

  • Charles
    December 16, 2013 - 12:58

    I would like to see the liberals plan concerning the future of our people. Besides blowing wind.

  • Robb
    December 16, 2013 - 11:56

    Well, I can see the liberals playing dirty ball again. They condemn bill 29 but then have their own rule of not saying who gives donations to the party. No transparency there, but then again, this is the liberal way. They need to make short term adjustments to try and please a certain group, and try to pull the wool over everyone else's. Now Ball is trying to fix the problem after the fact. Again, transparency is non-existent.....I mean why would these contributors not want to be exposed? So, just like the liberals like to throw innuendo out there, something about these donation stinks. Methinks something is rotten in Denmark, oh, I mean the liberal party.

  • Don II
    December 16, 2013 - 09:14

    Dwight Ball should be commended for making this courageous first step toward making political undertakings more open, honest and transparent. If Mr. Ball ever becomes the Premier, he should take the next step and repeal Bill 29 and begin the process of establishing more open, honest and transparent Government in Newfoundland and Labrador.

    • Too Funny
      December 16, 2013 - 12:15

      "begin the process of establishing more open, honest and transparent Government". That sounds familiar, kinda like what Williams and Co. said before they turfed Grimes. In politics nothing changes, just the name of the party in power.

    • Don II
      December 16, 2013 - 14:14

      I agree with you. It is easy to be cynical about politicians. Some of them have big plans for making Government honest and open until they find out what they will lose if they try to change the system and have to step on well connected peoples toes to do it. Real leaders and visionaries in politics are in short supply and honest politicians are hard to find but we must give them a chance to change the system for the better and if they do not, let them know that we are not happy about it by throwing them out of office every 4 years like clockwork until they get the message. Once they understand that there will be no big pension coming and no cushy job to go to after they are retired by the people after only 4 years on the job, the politicians will soon start doing what is right and begin changing the culture of incompetence and corruption that exists now!

    • Happily Retired
      December 17, 2013 - 07:29

      Honesty and transparency are only clichés thrown out by opposition parties. Dwight Ball was backed into a corner and forced to provide the information which he eventually provided. Weren't the Liberals, the party of the brown bag full of money? They also kicked the Auditor- General out of the House of Assembly, eventually leading to jail sentences for a number of their members. They are no different than the Tories.