Kyllo top spender in Shuswap riding

Shuswap Liberal MLA spends more than premier to take seat in legislature.

BC Liberal Greg Kyllo spent more on his election campaign than Premier Christy Clark — if you only count her first campaign for Vancouver Point Grey.

Kyllo spent a total of $113,280 on his successful effort to become MLA for the Shuswap according to documents released by Elections BC.

Premier Christy Clark spent a total of $108,765 on her unsuccessful bid for the riding of Vancouver-Point Grey.

The election spending for the candidates in the Shuswap also mirrored the eventual results. The more a candidate spent on the campaign, the better their ranking in the polls.

The NDP’s Steve Gunner spent a total of $36,495 on the campaign, BC Conservative Tom Birch spent $12,892, BC Green Party’s Chris George spent $9,354 and Johanna Zalcik of the Advocational Party spent $1,096.

To fund his campaign, Kyllo had $34,734 contributed from all sources and $82,763 transferred directly from the BC Liberal Party.

Gunner had a total of $4,800 in contributions, while $32,668 was transferred to his campaign from the BC NDP and the Shuswap BC NDP Constituency Association.

BC Conservative Tom Birch received  contributions of $6,985 from the BC Conservative Party and the BC Conservative Party Shuswap Association, while he self-funded $4,290 and had donations for the remainder.

George also self-funded a significant portion of his campaign at $3,022. The remainder was funded through donations or local fundraisers, including a movie screening at the Salmar Classic.

Zalcik’s campaign spending was listed as self-funded.

 

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