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BC Liberals topped donations in 2012

While financial reports released today show the BC Liberal Party and the BC NDP held surpluses in the millions at the end of 2012, the BC Conservatives finished the year with a deficit. The Green Party needed an extension on the filing deadline.

The Liberals ended the year with a $2.3 million accumulated surplus on the strength of over $10.1 million in political contributions. About half those donations came from corporations, with individuals adding $3.8 million. Another $780,000 came from unincorporated businesses or commercial organizations

The NDP's accumulated surplus was $1.7 million at the end of 2012. During the year it received nearly $7 million in donations. Of that, $4.2 million came from individuals, $1.6 million from unions and just under $1 million from corporations.

The BC Conservatives collected $201,612 from individuals and $54,670 from corporations. They ended the year with a $15,870 deficit.

Financial reports were due by April 2, but Elections BC granted the Green Party Political Association of B.C. an extension to April 22 "due to extenuating circumstances." Two Conservative constituency associations also received extensions.

Nine organizations in the province, out of 181, missed the deadline and may file their reports by June 28 with a $100 late filing fee. They included the Green's constituency association in Oak Bay-Gordon Head, five Conservative constituency associations, the Reform Party of BC, the Helping Hand Party and the BC Patriot Party.

A spokesperson for Andrew Weaver's Green campaign in Oak Bay-Gordon Head said the report was filed in time, but Elections BC requested further information and gave them until June 28 to get it in.

Top donations to the BC Liberals included:

2300 Kingsway Residences: $300,000

John Redekop: $150,000

Peter Redekop: $150,000

Encana Corp.: $120,000

Teck Highland Valley Copper Corp.: $100,000

Teck Resources Ltd.: $100,000

Macdonald Development Corp.: $100,000

Rennie Marketing Systems Ltd.: $75,000

Dayhu Investments Ltd.: $50,000

Anthem Properties Group Ltd.: $50,000

Aquilini Investment Group LP: $50,000

Dennis Wilson: $50,000

Robert Lee: $50,000

Taseko Mines Ltd.: $50,000

Townline Homes Inc.: $50,000

West Fraser Mills Ltd.: $50,000

Gwyn Morgan: $50,000

Ian W. Telfer: $50,000

Intergulf Investment Corp.: $50,000

Norman Keevil: $50,000

Burnco Rock Products Ltd.: $50,000

Top donations to the NDP were:

United Steelworkers Canada: $250,000

Aquilini Investment Group: $100,000

BCGEU: $100,000

CUPE BC: $100,000

CUPE National: $100,000

BC Federation of Labour: $75,000

United Steelworkers: $50,492

IBEW Local 213: $50,000

Nechako Construction: $50,000

United Food and Commercial Workers: $50,000

Hospital Employees' Union: $35,000 (largest of several donations totalling $97,540)

CUPE BC: $30,000

Top donations to the BC Conservatives:

Nechako Construction Ltd.: $50,000

Anthony Sessions: $5,000

Lars Wickham: $5,000

John Cummins: $3,856

Sue Cummins: $3,566

It's worth noting that companies including Aquilini Investments, Telus, Canadian Forest Products Ltd. and Fortis BC gave to both the Liberals and the NDP. Brian Fehr's Nechako Construction Ltd. gave to both the NDP and the Conservatives, but not the Liberals.

Opinion polls throughout 2012 showed the NDP leading the Liberals.

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee's Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Find him on Twitter or reach him here.

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