Now, despite clearly
labelling the event as a fundraiser on her own website,
she’s arguing it isn’t a fundraiser at all. Instead, in response to
the question “How can we count on you to carry on. . . impartially when
you are taking money from special interest groups?”, the Star reports
that Bulte responded:
“They are not hosting a fundraiser for me. It’s a celebration of my support for the arts community.”
We should all be so lucky to have celebrations where each guest forks over $250. If each of you cheapskates who attended my birthday party had done that, I’d be entering this blog entry in a zignone wool suit from Harry Rosen.
Since what Sam says has often proven to be at variance with what she does, I decided to be empirical and go take a look at her site. Here’s a screen capture of her site as of 10:45 a.m. this morning:
I see the word “FUNDRAISER” in capitals, clear as day. How ’bout you?
I downloaded the invitation, which I’ve put here for your reference [80K PDF], in case someone at her campaign gets smart (unlikely) and replaces it. Here’s what the top of the first page looks like:
I believe that phrases “cordially invite you to an artists’ and creators’ fundraiser for Sam Bulte” and “All funds raised will go to Sam’s re-election campaign” strongly suggest that this “celebration” is indeed a fundraiser. If you’re still not convinced, there’s the note at the bottom of the first page that reads:
Tax receipt will be issued for the eligible portion of the cost
You can hand out tax receipts for “celebrations”? I should’ve handed some out at my legendary hot tub party!
Finally, there’s this legal statement on the second page of the invitation:
Please note the new contribution limits as at January 1, 2004: Individuals may contribute up to a total of $5,000 in a calendar year to a registered party and its registered associations; candidates and nomination contestants. Corporations and trade unions may contribute up to a total of $1,000 in a calendar year to the registered electoral district associations; candidates; and nomination contestants. Crown corporations and corporations that receive 50% or more of their funding from the federal government will not be able to make any contributions.
It’s a fundraiser, all right. What kind of idiots does she take us for?