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Regulating influence of wealth on politics: comparing election finances to lobbying

Why does the federal government regulate so tightly election finances, but places no constraint on lobbying expenditures, and does not require they be reported annually?

Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times

Recently, there has been some discussion of the increasing concentration of income in the hands of the top one per cent of all recipients in Canada (see Stanbury, The Hill Times, Jan. 10, 2011). However, very little attention been paid to the influence of wealth in politics and public policy.

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Regulating influence of wealth on politics: comparing election finances to lobbying

Why does the federal government regulate so tightly election finances, but places no constraint on lobbying expenditures, and does not require they be reported annually?

Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times

Recently, there has been some discussion of the increasing concentration of income in the hands of the top one per cent of all recipients in Canada (see Stanbury, The Hill Times, Jan. 10, 2011). However, very little attention been paid to the influence of wealth in politics and public policy.

  
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Press Freedom Advocates Look Back on a Bloody Year May 4, 2015

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The Château Laurier was filled with journalists and press freedom advocates Thursday, April 30.
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Don Newman moderated the luncheon again this year.
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The Globe and Mail's Shawn McCarthy, Canada Council of the Arts' Simon Brault, and AP's Kathy Gannon, accepting the 17th annual Canadian World Press Freedom Award.
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AP reporter Kathy Gannon giving a speech about what press freedom means to her, during the luncheon.
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University of Ottawa's Anne McIlroy, Free the Children's Shelley Page, and Maclean's Sue Allan.
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University of Ottawa professor Tolga Yalkin, and Global News' Jacques Bourbeau.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
First place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Signe Wilkinson.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
Second place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Elchicotriste.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
Third place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Ebrahim Ghanei.
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House Speaker's D.Comms Heather Bradley, Andrew House, and Chris Day.
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Earnscliffe's Geoff Norquay and Hugh Scott from RX&D.
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Kristie Jones and Katie Tenenhouse of Reporters Without Borders.
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Mohamed Fahmy joined the celebrations via video message.

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