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article imageDid Toronto Mayor Rob Ford overspend during election?

By KJ Mullins     May 4, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Allegations are being made that Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford went over the limit when it came to campaigning. Adam Chaleff-Freudenthaler and Max Reed are alleging that Ford pumped that limit up $70,000.
According to the municipal election rules candidates can spend up to $1.305-million during their campaign.
In a letter to the Compliance Audit Committee a request has been made for a compliance audit of Ford's 2010 election campaign for Mayor of Toronto.
The audit is requested in the 17-page letter for several outlined reasons including that campaign expenses were paid by non-campaign resources, incurred expenses for the campaign happened prior to the time Ford became an official candidate and that the campaign took a loan from Doug Ford Holdings Inc.
On March 24, 2010 an invoice from the Toronto Congress Centre for $25,379.81 was received and paid for by Doug Ford Holdings Inc.
'This invoice was paid by Doug Ford Holdings Inc. which then invoiced the Rob Ford Campaign for an identical amount on March 26, 2010'
This was one of several invoices that had been entered the same way.
Ford is also accused of having Doug Ford Holdings Inc pay for campaign expenses directly instead of from the Rob Ford Campaign’s account.
Rob Ford begin his campaign on March 25, 2010.
The letter goes on to point out several other violations of the Municipal Elections Act concluding with:
"To maintain the integrity of the campaign finance system for Toronto’s municipal elections all candidates for office must completely comply with the letter and the spirit of the Municipal Elections Act especially the successful candidate to our city’s highest elected office. It is therefore submitted that a compliance audit of Rob Ford’s election expenses is warranted"
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