Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Grassroots News MMF connection!

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post, "The 9% man!"

I wonder who paid for all the pro-David Chartrand advertiseing in here?


Dear Anonymous:
Thank you for writing. The link you've sent is from the 29-page June 1, 2010 isue . In it we tallied:
3 articles about incumbents (David Chartrand, Carl Chartrand - Jack Park, Claire Riddle)
2 David Chartrand campaign ads
1 Ron Chartrand ad
1 Andrew Carrier ad
Story about the St. Norbert candidates' forum
Cancellation notice for the Freighthouse forum
Regular feature Le Metis
List of polling stations
The 11 items suggest the MMF is a significant source of revenue for GRN owner/publisher Arnold Asham - he's the jolly looking fellow pictured second from the left with Paul Martin and David Chartrand.

Unfortunately, you'll never know how much candidates spent to get elected because the Federation's election bylaws are so flawed there's no ceiling on how much they can expense nor are they required to declare from where they raised their campaign funds.
But it just gets better. Article III (Chief Electoral Officer) from the MMF's election bylaws under clause (g) states:
"Providing a written report to the Board of Directors of the MMF within 60 days from the date of the election."
Good luck membership and taxpayers trying to obtain a copy of this document!
Clare L. Pieuk


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