Conservatives fined for breaking elections laws, but Tories claim outcome a ‘big victory’

The Conservative party and its financial arm pleaded guilty Thursday to a total of four charges of exceeding the party’s campaign expenses for the 2006 federal election and failing to report the proper amount, but in a plea bargain that saw related charges dropped against four top Conservatives who masterminded or approved the so-called 'in and out' advertising scheme at the centre of the case, both the Conservatives and their opponents claimed victory.

Former Conservative Party director Mike Donison, Conservative Senator Irving Gerstein, and Conservative Senator Doug Finley. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright

By Tim Naumetz

PUBLISHED :Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 12:47 AM

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