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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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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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