Election Compliance Audit Committee to Consider Appeal of Conley Financial Disclosure

Hamilton’s Election Compliance Audit Committee (ECAC) meets Monday to consider if Ward 9 Councillor Doug Conley’s election return violated the Municipal Elections Act by not including information about how he funded his campaign. Conley failed to list sources of income for this campaign with both the donor and self contribution information blank. (see images of return at end of article)

Without any declaration of income, the return does not provide for a calculation of surplus or deficit. The return indicates there was no surplus, indicating that expenses of $17,164.99 were equal to campaign income. The Municipal Act required Conley to hire an audit to review his campaign finances, as his campaign exceeded $10,000.