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• Campaigning has been a tougher business since legislative changes disallowed corporate contributions and tightened up allowable contributions in other categories. Individual donations are limited to $1,100. It is notable Peter Penashue’s 2011 campaign received 13 contributions of $1,100 from individuals — 11 more than any other provincial MP.
The Telegram took a closer look at the campaign financing for all of the province’s members of Parliament this week, after some tough talk in the House of Commons about Penashue and his campaign.
In all cases but one the reports of individual donations to each candidate, completed by the official agents for each candidate, match exactly with the statements published after a review by Elections Canada staff, according to the online Elections Canada database. In other words, there were no irregularities similar to the Penashue campaign.
• A St. John’s man didn’t get thrown out of the council chamber Monday for disrupting the meeting, but if it were up to one of the councillors he would have been.
Geoff Chaulk, who has declared his intention to run for the mayor’s chair in the September municipal election, interrupted the meeting by yelling down to council from the gallery causing the mayor to temporarily adjourn the meeting.
When Mayor Dennis O’Keefe walked into the chamber Chaulk picked up a cardboard sigh that simply stated, “Planning shame?”
He then began to ask questions to the mayor, who told him it was inappropriate to call down from the gallery and improper procedure.
• He’s had a murder conviction overturned, but Nelson Hart is in trouble with the law again.
The 46-year-old was in provincial court in St. John’s Monday, facing charges of assaulting and uttering threats towards guards at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.
After a quick appearance before a judge, Hart was taken back to jail. He’s scheduled to be back in court today.
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