Made in the USA: BC election donation list rife with front groups for American anti-oilsands lobbyists

by 1389 on May 14, 2013

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Why is Canada allowing corrupt unions and leftist AMERICAN anti-oilsands lobbyists to buy their provincial elections?

The Saudis are benefiting from this, big time!

Ezra Levant has the story:

Will US donors tip the balance of the BC election, and install an NDP government?

The list of “advertising sponsors” who have registered with Elections BC suggests they will.

The BC Liberal Party will likely out-fundraise the NDP when it comes to direct contributions. But the list of third party campaigners shows countless other bank accounts at work, most of them going to bat for the NDP.

Dozens of unions are campaigning. Teachers unions, nurses unions, government bureaucrats unions, student unions, as well as unions of unions like the Canadian Labour Congress and the B.C. Federation of Labour.

Each of them is allowed to spend up to $150,000 on the election. Which is precisely why there are so many groups. A $150,000 limit for teachers unions doesn’t mean much when every union local can register on its own.

There are a handful of pro-business campaigns – the coal association is registered, for example. But they’re outnumbered 10 to one.

With 200-plus campaign groups registered, it’s conceivable the NDP could receive $20 million or more in advertising support from these lobby groups.

For comparison, the mighty federal Conservative Party was permitted to spend only

$21 million in the last election, across the entire country.

There is a democratic problem when union bosses extract forced union dues from their members to spend on one side of an election. But at least those unions are Canadian. What about foreign money sloshing into the race?

The campaign list is rife with front groups for American anti-oilsands lobbyists.

Take Forest Ethics, the San Francisco-based environmental extremist group. Last April, they announced they were opening a Canadian branch plant, called Forest Ethics Advocacy, to “strike back” at Canadian government policy. Anyone interested in this all-Canadian venture was invited to call the San Francisco office for more info.

They’re registered in the B.C. election and can spend up to $150,000.

So can Greenpeace Canada, the local affiliate of the multinational corporation headquartered in Amsterdam. In 2011, Amsterdam sent $612,000 to Canada for local operations. How much of that will end up in B.C.’s campaign?

The Dogwood Initiative named themselves after B.C.’s official flower. But they’ve received hundreds of thousands of dollars from U.S. foundations for the explicit purpose of political campaigns. They have too many sugar-daddies to list: From Seattle alone they’re funded by the Bullitt Foundation, the Wilburforce Foundation and the Brainerd Foundation.

Dogwood’s director, Eric Swanson, once boasted that he’d “take duffel bags of money delivered from Martians from outer space” if he could.

Other U.S.-funded lobby groups in the B.C. election include Ecojustice, West Coast Environmental Law, Raincoast Conservation Society and Tides Canada Initiatives Society. That’s an affiliate of Tides Canada and the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation, which have poured tens of millions of dollars into at least 44 different anti-oilsands groups in B.C. Their mission is to stop Canadian oil from getting to market.

Tides’ specialty is secret donations. A foreign billionaire can tell Tides to put his money against the oilsands, and Tides will simply call it an “anonymous” gift.

It’s incredible that U.S.-funded groups are allowed to campaign in a Canadian election. Even more incredible is that so many of these groups have charitable status with the Canada Revenue Agency.

At least one OPEC oil company, Venezuela’s CITGO, has lobbied Canadian regulators to block a B.C. oilsands pipeline. Given B.C.’s lax election laws, why wouldn’t OPEC fund a third party campaign, too?

This column was written for Sun News May 13 2013.

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