The largest individual donor to Mayor Kennedy Stewart’s political organization is…Kennedy Stewart
Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart’s election organization Forward Together has released a list of all political donations to support his candidacy since May 10, 2018.
There you go, it shows that the biggest donor was Stewart himself.
The mayor contributed $6,039, about the five-year maximum allowed under provincial campaign finance legislation.
His wife, Jeanette Ashe, contributed $4,839 over four years, which is the four-year maximum allowed under provincial campaign finance legislation.
She ran for the NDP in the recent Vancouver-Quilchena provincial by-election, losing to BC Liberal Leader Kevin Falcon.
Current and former NDP MPs are also listed as donors to Stewart, a former NDP federal caucus member. They include Libby Davies ($1,624), Jasbir Sandhu ($600), Don Davies ($200) and the now deceased Ian Waddell ($200). Former NDP MP Shane Simpson is listed as a donor of $103.29; Acting Attorney General Murray Rankin paid $350; and NDP MP and former MP Fin Donnelly donated $1,450.
None of the nine NDP MPs serving in Vancouver are listed as donors to Stewart’s campaigns.
People with ties to the development industry, such as Terry Hui of Concord Pacific ($2,463), Bruno Wall of Wall Financial Corporation ($3,063) and Polygon Homes co-founder Michael Audain ($2,450) – are among those who donated to Stewart’s campaign. Additionally, family members Aquilini ($13,727.70), Molnar ($13,555.38), Bosa ($10,976) and Rennie ($8,716.70) are on the list.
Former Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu, now vice chairman of Aquilini Investment Group, donated $2,489.18 to Stewart’s political organization.
According to Forward Together, Stewart’s campaign has raised $1,134,094.22 from 2,473 “eligible people” since 2018. That equates to an average of $175.01 per donation.
The party has challenged all other candidates and parties for mayor to disclose all of their contributions dating back to the last election.
“In 2018, all of Vancouver’s major parties followed Kennedy Stewart’s lead in disclosing who funded their campaigns and Forward Together believes residents deserve the same level of public transparency in this election,” the executive director of Vancouver said. Forward Together, Mark Hosak, in a press release issued this morning. .