Alberta Legislative Assembly Considers Amending Campaign Finance Limits

Alberta, campaign finance, Canada
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Flag of AlbertaThe NDP government in Alberta introduced legislation to limit what individuals can donate to political campaigns and limit the amount each party can spend during an election. Individuals would be limited to $4,000 in the aggregate per calendar year when giving to parties, constituency associations, candidates, leadership hopefuls, and nomination contests.

The proposals would also affect third-parties; such groups are similar to political action committees in the United States. Third-parties would only be permitted to spend $150,000 on advertisements each election period, with only $3,000 of those funds earmarked to support or oppose candidates. There would be no limits on third party spending outside of elections.