Elections Yukon discloses political donations for 2015

Individual politicians were responsible for the biggest campaign donation to both of Yukon’s opposing parties in 2015. Meanwhile, the largest donation to the Yukon Party came from a petroleum company.

Individual politicians were responsible for the biggest campaign donation to both of Yukon’s opposing parties in 2015. Meanwhile, the largest donation to the Yukon Party came from a petroleum company.

Elections Yukon’s accounting of the three parties’ finances in 2015 was released last week. It shows the NDP raised $71,101.25 in 2015. That’s compared to $69,615 for the Yukon Party and $20,275 for the Liberal Party.

For the NDP, the largest donor in 2015 was MLA Kate White, who handed over $1,221.40. That’s just slightly more than a handful of other donors who gave $1,200, including party Leader Liz Hanson.

The Liberals’ relatively small kitty for 2015 got its biggest single donation from their leader, Sandy Silver, who donated $1,140. Tamara Goeppel, a Liberal candidate in the upcoming territorial election, donated $1,040. Rod Taylor, who at one point was also considering running, donated $1,100.

The Yukon Party saw much larger single gifts. The largest donation to the governing party came from AFD Petroleum Ltd, which donated $9,400 in 2015. Another sizable sum came from Stratagold Corp in Vancouver which donated $5,800. Two numbered companies donated $5,000 and $3,500.

Campaign finance reform is shaping up to be an issue this upcoming territorial election.

The NDP tried to push through a last-minute change that would have banned donations from unions or corporations and capped gifts from individual Yukoners at $1,500.

All signs point to that not happening ahead of this election. The issue has been punted to a committee that may come out with a report for the next government to deal with.

If the NDP’s proposed rules had been the law last year, the Yukon Party would have lost out on the most money.

Thirty-three of the 63 donors that gave to the Yukon Party in 2015 were corporations.

The Liberals had one corporate donor: TD Bank gave the party $1,000.

The NDP had no corporate or union donors listed that year.

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