Forward Together Makes Disclosure of All Financial Contributions Ahead of October 1 Advance Voting
Mayor’s electoral organization challenges other parties to disclose campaign contributions before polls open this weekend
Vancouver, BC; September 29, 2022 – Today, all financial contributions made in support of Mayor Kennedy Stewart and his newly established Forward Together electoral organization between May 10, 2018 and September 25, 2022 were publicly disclosed. Since he first announced his run for mayor in 2018, a total of $1.36 million was raised by Mayor Kennedy Stewart and Forward Together, with the average donation equalling just over $182 per donation.
“Today, Forward Together is publicly disclosing all donors and we challenge all other civic parties to do the same before advance voting commences on Saturday, October 1,” says Forward Together executive director Mark Hosak. “Between May 10, 2018 and September 25, 2022, Forward Together and Kennedy Stewart raised $1,360,018.94 from 2,724 eligible individuals making 7,468 separate donations over the 53-month period, averaging $182.11 per donation.”
“Forward Together believes that before casting their vote, residents deserve to know who is funding the election campaigns of all candidates standing for office in Vancouver,” said Hosak. “Under B.C.’s local election financing reporting requirements, Forward Together has also named all donors contributing $100 or more in each fiscal year.”
In 2018, Mayor Stewart voluntarily made regular disclosures leading up to the election and his new electoral organization Forward Together committed to doing the same in 2022’s civic campaign.
According to provincial regulations, all municipal candidates and elector organizations are required to disclose contributions of $100 or more, but only in post-election filings with Elections BC 90 days after the election. Forward Together and Kennedy Stewart’s disclosure goes beyond the existing regulations, as they are disclosing campaign finance information in advance of voting in the October 15 municipal election.
Forward Together’s campaign full finance disclosure is available at: forwardvancouver.ca/disclosure
About Forward Together:
Forward Together is the electoral organization supporting Mayor Kennedy Stewart and his team of city council candidates – Tesicca Truong, Russil Wvong, Jeanette Ashe, Hilary Brown, Dulcy Anderson, and Alvin Singh – for this fall’s Vancouver municipal election.