The BC NDP leader is rejecting allegations his party is hypocritical for taking big-money donations, pledging to “fundraise as aggressively as (the party) can” ahead of the upcoming provincial election.”
The move comes with B.C.’s loose campaign finance laws and so-called “cash for access” fundraisers back in the spotlight.
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The governing BC Liberals have embraced that controversial fundraising practice, saying it’s within the law.
NDP leader John Horgan says the methods are wrong, but that to not use every available tool would give his opponents an unfair advantage at the ballot box.
“It seems to me – and I’ve canvassed this issue extensivley with people within the party and people in the public – and they say ‘why would you tie your hands behind your back and have a moral victory and let the Liberals win again?'”
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Horgan says if elected, he’ll move to tighten fundraising rules.
Until then, he says he’s “taking advantage of the laws as they exist until (he) gets the opportunity to change it.”
In November Horgan took heat for attending a $10,000 a head resource-industry fundraising event.