Tag: campaign finance

The vagrancy of political campaign finance

The vagrancy of political campaign finance

| 18/01/2021 | 28 Comments

Ezzard Miller writes: The current Elections Law in the Cayman Islands has very limited provisions for the control of political campaign finance. The law specifies the maximum that a candidate can spend in an election campaign, the period for which expenses must be accounted and reported, and who can incur these expenses.

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CPR reaffirms grassroots status

CPR reaffirms grassroots status

| 15/10/2019 | 30 Comments

(CNS): Activists behind the campaign for a people’s referendum on the cruise port project have stressed their origins as a grassroots movement, as the premier and deputy premier continue to push the false narrative that the campaign is really a commercially driven opposition to government policy. In reality, CPR is a non-profit organisation formed by […]

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No rules expected over referendum spending

No rules expected over referendum spending

| 14/10/2019 | 40 Comments

(CNS): There will be no cap on the amount of money that either side of the cruise port referendum can spend on their campaign, nor will there be any lawful limit on the use of the public purse by government to persuade voters to stay home or vote ‘yes’. The absence of legislation supporting the […]

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CIG spends $217K public cash on port promo

CIG spends $217K public cash on port promo

| 10/10/2019 | 47 Comments

(CNS): Since government began its ‘Support The Port’ campaign to promote, market and advertise the proposed cruise berthing and expanded cargo facility in George Town, it has spent more than CI$217,000 of public money or public services. Documents released to a CNS reader under the FOI law show that the administration received over CI$87,000 worth […]

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Candidates claim to fund bulk of campaigns

Candidates claim to fund bulk of campaigns

| 12/07/2017 | 6 Comments

(CNS): Details of campaign finances for the eight weeks prior to the May 2017 General Election reveal very little about political donors but show that in most cases candidates largely funded their own campaigns. The Progressives have listed nine companies who made donations in excess of $5,000 to the party’s overall campaign, but the bulk […]

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$200k of Tomlinson donations revealed

$200k of Tomlinson donations revealed

| 10/07/2017 | 37 Comments

(CNS): Records held by the Elections Office of the full expense returns for all candidates have revealed that during the eight weeks before the May poll, former hospital boss and surgeon Dr Steve Tomlinson gave almost $200,000 in donations to ten independent candidates running in the election. This is over and above the money Tomlinson […]

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Miller: Time to address campaign finance

Miller: Time to address campaign finance

| 30/05/2016 | 23 Comments

(CNS): North Side MLA Ezzard Miller, a longtime advocate for campaign finance reform, said government must now address the issue, claiming that Premier Alden McLaughlin crossed the line at a recent PPM fundraising dinner at the Ritz Carlton. Taking aim at the premier in particular, he said the PPM used its access to budget information […]

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Premier to increase campaign spending limits

Premier to increase campaign spending limits

| 08/01/2016 | 32 Comments

(CNS): Candidates for the 2017 General Election will be able to spend considerably more on their bid for office than in past years, with changes in the works for campaign finance. Premier Alden McLaughlin has confirmed that when he brings the amendments to the elections law to provide for ‘one man, one vote’ in single […]

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Campaign finance changes needed

Campaign finance changes needed

| 07/01/2016 | 40 Comments

(CNS): Government needs to address the rules surrounding campaign finances to create a more honest reflection on the cash candidates spend in their efforts to get elected, according to independent MLA Ezzard Miller. Government is expected to amend the elections law to accommodate ‘one man, one vote’ in single member constituencies early this year and […]

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