Conservative Fined for Breaking Election Rules
In exchange for dropped charges against 4 of its senior officials, the Conservatives pleaded guilty and accepted a $52,000 fine for breaking election rules when it exceeded the spending limit and failing to document all of its expenses for the 2006 election campaign. As a result, more serious charges against the party and its fundraising arm have been dropped.
The four senior members who got the lucky break for breaking the law were:
- Senator Doug Finley, the party’s former campaign director
- Senator Irving Gerstein, head of the Conservative Fund and chief fundraiser for the party
- Michael Donison, the former national party director
- Susan Kehoe, who served as the party’s interim executive director.
The prosecutor asked for the maximum penalty of a $50,000 fine to the party and a $2,000 fine to the fund. The Conservatives have 30 days to pay.
The Tories declared victory and acted as if nothing happened.
"This is a big victory for the Conservative Party of Canada," Fred DeLorey, the party’s director of communications, said in a written statement. "Every single Conservative accused of wrongdoing has been cleared today."
It is laughable to see a ‘tough on crime’ Tory government who can’t even follow election rules – and the worst part is, they seem to be proud of it too.