Cash-for-access has become a primary fundraising tool for the Liberal Party.
A Globe and Mail investigation has assembled likely guest lists for most of the fundraisers by matching ticket prices of events with separate donor lists filed with Elections Ontario.
The party is not required to document who attended the events. A list of fundraisers is disclosed once a year in a spreadsheet at the back of the party’s annual financial statement at Elections Ontario’s headquarters. The Globe compared the dates and ticket prices of these events with separate records of donations to determine who was likely to have attended.
The analysis reveals that attendees included construction firms with lucrative government infrastructure contracts, electricity companies with an interest in seeing the government continue outsourcing much of the province’s power generation, pharmaceutical corporations that depend on the province to list their drugs for coverage and the banks that made nearly $60-million off the privatization of Hydro One.
Tasha Kheiriddin spoke with Duff Conacher, Co-Founder of Democracy Watch, about the the continuation of the cash-for-access scandal in Ontario.