Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson’s campaign spent $39,585 to get her elected in October. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson’s campaign spent $39,585 to get her elected in October. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Elections BC releases provincial election campaign financing data

Green Party candidate Nicole Charlwood outspent competitors in Nelson-Creston

Elections BC has released its audited accounts of election spending by candidates in October’s election.

In Nelson-Creston, Green candidate Nicole Charlwood’s campaign spent the most and Liberal candidate Tanya Finley brought in the most individual donations during the election.

Anderson brought in $39,900.60 to conduct her campaign, the highest of the candidates. Almost all of that was from donations made before the election. Anderson’s campaign spent $39,585.00

Green Party candidate Charlwood spent $41,863.51. Individual donors gave $9,396.50 during the election and the provincial Green Party contributed $21,331.38, for a total income of $30,997.88.

Eight of Charlwood’s contributors gave more than $250 and 36 gave less than $250.

BC Liberal candidate Finley spent $14,069.95. Her campaign brought in a total of $23,332.96. Of that total, $15,904.82 was from individual contributors (15 over $250 and 15 under) Made during the election and $7,178 was from the provincial party.

Libertarian candidate Terry Tiessen’s report shows that he received and spent nothing on his campaign.

Individual contributors who gave more than $250 to a candidate during the election are named, along with the amount they contributed, in the election report.

The candidates have claimed up to 50 per cent of their expenses to be reimbursed from the province, as part of a 2018 law that disallowed contributions from corporations and unions.

Detailed election spending statistics for all ridings in the province can be found on the ElectionsBC website.

Anderson won the October election with 7,296 votes, while Charlwood received 5,611, Finley 4,171, and Tiessen 384.

In summary:

Brittny Anderson (NDP)

Political contributions during election: $250

Transfers from the party: $33,650.60

Total income: $33,900.60

Total expenses: $39,595.84

Nicole Charlwood (Green)

Political contributions during the election: $9,396.50

Transfers from the party: $21,331.38

Total income: $30,997.88

Total expenses: $41,863.51

Tanya Finley (Liberal)

Political contributions during the election: $15,904.82

Transfers from the party: $7,178.14

Total income: $23,332.96

Total expenses: $14,069.95

This article was altered on Feb. 2 to clarify that the political contributions reported in the ElectionsBC report refer to donations made by individuals during the election, not before it.

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