Earlier, we reported provincial Liberal Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon's financial agent received at least $61,500 in donations from the real estate development and construction industries, as well as an additional $18,500 from transportation interests. But the only reason we know that is because of a mistake made in his election filings. Under the Elections Act, candidates only have to record the cheques made out specifically to their campaign. Cheques made out to the party, which is usually the form they come in, aren't recorded in their filings. This has the entirely legal effect of disguising who's getting what money from whom. Which is why the press gallery will never be able to put a dollar value on cabinet minister Rich Coleman's legendary fundraising skills. But, in the case of Minister Falcon, his filing accidentally recorded all the cheques his agent received - including those made out to the party - providing an inadvertent glimpse at his pass-the-hat network. That filing has since been amended.
February 2, 2006