Fundraiser with electoral benefits for Calgary Mayor raises ethical questions
A fundraiser to raise the capital to pay off Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s $300K legal bill resulting from a defamation suit filed against him in 2013 is looking more and more like a veiled election campaign.
Donors can contribute up to $10,000 and will receive a charitable tax receipt.
So far, over $200,000 has been raised.
Watch as I explain how Mayor Nenshi racked up the fees defending himself in a lawsuit filed by businessman and homebuilder Cal Wenzel after Nenshi made some careless comments about him.
The suit was settled out of court in 2015, but the bill remains. Council voted that the City should pay the bill, but that the Mayor should eventually pay it back, hence, the fundraiser put on by Nenshi’s friends.
Did I mention that those who donate will get a charitable tax receipt?
Not only will people get a tax break, but he gets his lawsuit paid off and a neatly packed up campaign list to target his loyalists for the upcoming municipal election this year.
No other candidate gets these perks.
Any way you look at this, it’s a win-win for Nenshi and his pals, but it looks terrible.
The Mayor of Calgary gets to play by his own special set of rules.
The only question is, what are his friends expecting in return?