This past January, Elections Alberta updated their year-to-date quarterly report for donations to political parties in 2020, and there are a few things that seem off.
According to the Elections Alberta website, “the maximum a party can receive is $4,243 per year per person”. In fact, that $4,243 per year is for parties, constituencies, candidates, nomination contests, and leadership contests. Combined.
Yet, there were several donors who contributed more than this amount in 2020.
Take a look at these UCP donors, for example.
|Contributor||Location||Quarter 1||Quarter 2||Quarter 3||Quarter 4||Total|
|Joan Donald||Red Deer||$3,000.00||$1,000.00||$3,000.00||$7,000.00|
We can clearly see that these 11 donors contributed more than $4,243 last year.
FYI, Andrea and David Hood are spouses.
One possibility is that part of the donations were meant for last year. Except several of the donors contributed significant amounts last year as well.
As we see here, all 4 of these donors had only $243 remaining from 2019, and that wouldn’t have been enough to cover the amounts they over contributed by in 2020. The first three, for example, all donated $4,000 over the limit in 2020.
Also, even though Joan Donald didn’t contribute anything in 2019, her husband Jack had donated $4,000 that year.
No other party had donations from a single person that were more than $4,243. Although there were some parties where spouses both contributed $4,243 to the party (such as the Liberals and the NDP).
According to a tweet sent by Elections Alberta last summer, parties have 30 days after filing to correct any over-contributions.
The deadline for filing fourth quarter reports is the 15 January following the end of the fourth quarter. 30 days from 15 January would be 14 February. The quarterly report was dated 21 January with data effective of 19 January. So, it’s possible changes are being made to these filings to ensure they adhere to all donation guidelines.
Hopefully the report will be updated with the final numbers soon.