The Office of the Election Commissioner has fined a United Conservative Party donor and reprimanded two others for donating money that wasn’t theirs in the wake of the kamikaze candidate scandal.
The election commissioner’s website shows political contributor Darcy McAllister was fined $4,000 on Tuesday for contributing $4,000 to the Jeff Callaway campaign with funds given or furnished by another person. McAllister was also fined $4,000 for providing $4,000 to another individual for the purpose of making contributions to the Callaway campaign during the UCP leadership race.
Maja McAllister and David Ruiz, both labelled as political contributors by the election commissioner, were issued letter of reprimands for contributing $4,000 and $3,000 respectively to Callaway’s campaign with funds given by another person.
In 2017, Jason Kenney squared off against contenders Callaway, former Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean and Doug Schweitzer to successfully become leader of the United Conservative Party.
Former party insiders have accused Kenney’s team of collaborating with Callaway’s campaign to sink Jean’s chances at winning the leadership race. The accusation is that Callaway targeted Jean during debates and media appearances, allowing Kenney to avoid making the attacks himself.
Callaway withdrew from the race just before the vote and endorsed Kenney. They have both denied making a deal.
Over the weekend, leaked emails between staff on the campaigns inflamed the issue.
There are also allegations of other irregular donations to Callaway’s campaign. Alberta election commissioner Lorne Gibson handed an investigation about this to the RCMP, saying its seriousness transcended his purview.
Source:: Edmonton Journal