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Who funded Harper's rise to power? And other questions about election financing.

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As the renowned Republican backroom operator Mark Hanna noted back in the late 19th century, "There are two things that matter in politics. One is money, and I can't remember the other."

Indeed, the fantastically wealthy Koch brothers proved in the recent U.S. congressional vote that organizing billionaires to buy elections is a lot easier than herding cats.

The Kochs raised $290 million from America's mega-rich to win control of Congress, and are now raising a further $889 million in a bid to buy the Oval Office.

Here in Canada, we have tougher rules restricting the role of money in politics. But the Boy Scout aura surrounding our election financing laws appears to have lulled us into a bit of a coma. 

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May 19, 2015 |
When a Harper cabinet minister gets inspired by a grocery store commercial, it costs the rest of us money. Why are taxpayers footing the bill for advertising that doesn't play by the rules?
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During elections, it's all about the leader

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I wish I could muster more fury over Stephen Harper's attempts to neuter the TV debates leading to next fall's election. His designated irritant, Kory Teneycke, says they'll refuse to appear on traditional "consortium" broadcasts run by the big networks. Instead they'll spread themselves on minor outlets like City. Hence, they say wittily, there'll be more exposure. Maybe they should book one on Tiny Talent Time on channel 11 in Hamilton.

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May 15, 2015 |
n 2014, Canadian corporations sent nearly $200 billion offshore, costing us nearly $8 billion in tax revenue.
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May 13, 2015 |
In a cynical, yet typical attempt to court votes with an ethnic community, Prime Minister Stephen Harper welcomed the Philippines' President Benigno Aquino for a cross Canada tour this weekend.
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