Campaign Finance

Current Project

“Who Gives? Who Gets? Who Cares? Campaign Finance in Canada”

This project seeks to cast light on the role of money in Canadian democracy, and its impact on representation and equality. It asks three sets of questions:

  • Who gives? What are the characteristics and motivations of citizens who donate to political campaigns? What are the patterns of individual political donations?
  • Who gets? Which candidates receive campaign financing? How is money used in local campaigns?
  • Who cares? What is the impact of money for electoral success in local races?

To answer these questions, this project will take a primarily quantitative approach, employing the under-utilized Elections Canada expense reports and campaign contribution database from 2004-2015, combined with census and survey data. It will use empirical evidence to tackle the major questions about money in politics in Canada.