Greens withheld donations for leadership contestants in error, party says


The federal Green Party accidentally withheld donations intended to support Glen Murray’s leadership campaign, he said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.Contributions intended for the former mayor of Winnipeg and the Liberal minister of Ontario were wrongly treated as general donations and kept in party coffers rather than being passed on.

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Donations to green leadership candidates were channeled through the party, which processed them and transferred 75% of each campaign contribution that raised the money.

Murray said in an interview that his campaign discovered evidence of the problem last week, after noticing that donations his team received and passed on to the party office never returned for the campaign.

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“We know that’s a very big part of the funding that we’ve raised,” he said, probably tens of thousands of dollars.

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Officially, the Murray Campaign’s latest fundraising report said she brought in $ 59,650.20, making a variance on that scale very significant.

As well as making his fundraising weaker than it was, the mistake meant Murray couldn’t afford to run all the campaign he wanted.

“It really erased our planning,” he said.

Interim Greens leader Jo-Ann Roberts said the party was still determining how much money was improperly withheld. But that would make the accounts of major fundraisers “much closer.”

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The party also said the Murray campaign’s restitution would be done “as quickly as possible.”

The party leadership vote has been underway since Saturday, with the winner to be announced on October 3.

This week, Murray said, his volunteers are torn between trying to track down misdirected contributions and doing what a campaign normally does in the final stages of a race: contacting supporters to make sure they have voted.

Murray said he was unsure if the situation could be corrected so late in the game.

“It’s heartbreaking, I don’t know what they can do now,” he said.

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