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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Ward 09
CandidateBrief ResponseFull Response
Clark, Brad Yes I will be abiding by the Municipal Elections Act. Each donation that I receive, whether individual or corporate, is reviewed prior to acceptance and deposit.
Fiorentino, Nancy Yes For the 2010 municipal election, I will be accepting donations from corporations or unions for the following reasons:

a)If a corporation or union donates to my campaign then they are publicly accepting my platform and objectives and by donating it is their way of showing their support for the platform that I have posted publicly from day one of my nomination. I stress that it is they that are supportive of my initiatives - not the other way around.

b) The option to refuse a donation from an individual, a corporation, or a union is available to election candidates should they wish to forgo a donation if they feel that it is being made with inappropriate intentions. All donations received will be reviewed prior to their formal acceptance to ensure that they do not contradict what benefits Ward 9 or the City of Hamilton or the objectives that I have publicly noted.

c) Unlike the City of Toronto, the receiving of campaign donations from unions or corporations is permitted in the election process for the City of Hamilton under the Municipal Elections Act. If there is enough opposition to overturn the current policy in Hamilton of accepting such donations, then a review of the policy is certainly warranted and I am very open to that process.

d) The Municipal Elections Act clearly outlines the rules/law to follow when accepting campaign donations. I intend to and will follow the Municipal Elections Act accordingly.
McMullen, Geraldine Yes While I understand the position of those who support the elimination of corporate and union donations from the municipal election process, I invite and require further discussion to support this position. Contributions are made by the public with a maximum amount allowable and a reporting mechanism for all contributions. Labour or corporations need to be able to give money to whomever they support. The community and all who contribute to it should be engaged in elections. I am currently, accepting donations from individuals, labour and corporations.
Mowatt, Andrew Yes Yes I will be accepting donations from individuals or corporations. It is their legal right to donate. I will not be influenced by a $100.00 donation from an individual who supports me or a $100.00 donation from a corporation that supports me.

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