Nothing done wrong: Mayoral candidate Jeff Davison addresses third-party advertiser allegations

Davison said that they're taking additional steps to address potential problems

Mayoral candidate, Coun. Jeff Davison. Photo: KIRSTEN PHILLIPS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Jeff Davison said his campaign has done nothing wrong but they’re going to tighten up how they separate the campaign from third-party fundraising.

Coun. Jeff Davison’s mayoral campaign faced public scrutiny after LiveWire Calgary was first to reveal the connection to Calgary Tomorrow. That group is a registered third-party advertiser (TPA) and until inquiries were made, they opted to stay undisclosed to the public. Calgary Tomorrow is now publicly disclosed on the Elections Calgary website.

Later, both Global Calgary and CBC reported complaints the golf tournament fundraiser may have violated campaign fundraising rules.

A combination of misinformation and an overeager volunteer led to the “frivolous” complaints, Davison said.

“We’ve taken steps to correct that. My campaign manager has met with the entire team and has worked on a solution, which includes actually having all volunteers cite a code of conduct,” he said.

“To be clear, according to the rules, nothing has been done wrong.”

Going forward, the team plans to make it very clear that third-party advertisers are completely separated from any campaign, Davison said.

Though complaints are believed to have been filed, Davison and his team have not yet been contacted by Elections Alberta, he said.

Davison also said he wouldn’t be attending the fundraising golf tournament at Heritage Pointe on July 29.

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