For your campaign, will you be accepting donations from corporations or unions? If so, why? If not, why not?

Responses to the question: "For your campaign, will you be accepting donations from corporations or unions? If so, why? If not, why not?"

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CandidateBrief ResponseFull Response
Behrens, Chris Yes I have not received any contributions from any unions or corporations. However, if either of them would like to contribute, I would accept it. Elections are hard to win when you are supporting your own campaign, running with multiple candidates, and running against the incumbent. If the incumbent receives contributions from corporations or unions, then the other candidates should do so as well to keep it fair.
Knowles, Steven No I do not accept donations from anyone personally, on a corporate level, or from any union. I am running this campaign out of pocket because I believe in the following:

1. When using your own personal money you run your campaign very efficiently and if you can't control costs on your campaign, then how can you spend tax payers money appropriately?

2. If someone gives money to a candidate then they are creating a bias. How can people act honestly when they "owe" something to someone else.

In the end I feel if you are in this for the right reasons then you will run out of your own pocket. If people want change they shouldn't have to pay for it. We pay for enough with taxes. Save your money, enjoy it with your family. Just vote!
Pecyna, Ed Yes I will accept donations from corporations, unions as well as individuals for two reasons:

1. It is mandated by the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (i.e. it is legal and has limits).

2. Running a campaign is an expensive proposition, especially for non-incumbents.

While there are many arguments for and against corporate and union contributions, currently they are legal and are subject to the same restrictions as those for individuals. If there is enough political will from the public to modify or eliminate these types of contributions in future election campaigns, I would welcome the opportunity to abide by new rules that would be in effect for *all* candidates and hopefully level the playing field for all.
Yan, Nathalie Xian Yi Yes I believe both corporations and unions as a group have a right to contribute or donate to the candidate of their choice with limitations held to certain amount.

The company is a taxpayer and has the vital role to play in our society, especially economy field. The union per-se does not pay taxes but they influence the community as well. They as a group should be able to donate up to certain amount as well.

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Febers, Michelle
Jackson, Tom