# Steven Del Duca's Max Donors

### FAQ

#### What’s with all the families all donating the maximum amount?

Ontario has eliminated corporate donations, and there is an individual donor limit of \$1,600. But that doesn’t stop people with money from spending much, much more on buying their chosen politicians. They just give the money to their spouses, their kids, their siblings, etc. Which is why you see these clusters.

#### Isn’t that illegal?

Each donor has to promise their donation comes from personal funds, but it’s impossible to verify. The last major scandal around this was in the Federal Liberal Leadership race in 2006, when leadership candidate Joe Volpe was found to be receiving maximum donations from young children, whose parents were all from pharmaceutical companies, primarily Apotex. This became a national joke with the Youth For Volpe website, which is still up! It also torpedoed Volpe’s campaign.

This may be a coincidence, but Steven Del Duca worked as a senior advisor for Joe Volpe, from 2004-2006. Just saying.

#### How are you associating all of these donations with the PC Party and PC Leadership?

Most of them are easily found. Some come from families who are clearly channeling donations through new family members, and counting those is also easy. Our information is imperfect, but the trends are crystal clear. Most likely, there are far more names here that we can’t catch, because they don’t share a surname. The totals you see here are not over-estimates. They are almost certainly drastic under-estimates.

#### What else do these donors have in common?

If you dig around enough on Google, through LinkedIn, and other publicly available information, you can see a lot of these families have construction and development companies. Presumably, they are backing a candidate who will be friendly to their building interests. This may not bode well for environmental protection, regulation, and other things that builders dislike.

#### Okay, I get it, but why should I care?

You don’t have to care if you choose not to. If you want a Liberal leader who is drawing money and support primarily from centre-right business interests, and who is taking money from the very same people who helped Ford become Premier, then it’s your right to not care.

#### Isn’t it good Steven Del Duca can raise a lot of money?

If you ask him he’ll say so. He says it a lot. But there are other ways to raise money rather than taking it from centre-right business interests, and selling the Liberal Party to the very same people who bought Doug Ford. Steven Del Duca doesn’t even have the most individual donors of the leadership candidates – he just has the ones writing the biggest cheques, and getting their family members to do the same.

#### So this isn’t a scandal then? No one is alleging wrong-doing?

People with money can give it to any politician they choose. That isn’t a scandal. Channeling it through family is questionable, but impossible to police. This is just information that you may want to help decide who should lead the Ontario Liberal Party. It is information you are entitled to use and consider. That’s exactly why donations are now publicly reported.

#### Isn’t this an attack on Steven Del Duca? Is this fair?

Steven Del Duca is running for public office, asking to become the next leader of the Liberal Party and if he wins our next Premier. He keeps talking about his fundraising strength as the primary reason to support him. It is absolutely fair to ask about where that money is coming from, and to make that information available.

#### What about the donors themselves?

Please do not harass the individual donors who have contributed to Steven Del Duca’s campaign, or to any other. Seriously, we mean it. Even if they do represent interests you don’t agree with. That’s not how we rebuild this party. Steven Del Duca is a fair target. These donors are not.