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Squamish election contributions disclosed



It's enough to make Terrill Patterson rub his gloved hands in glee.

Squamish's perennial mayoral candidate carried a gratified air through the district hall this week, as the deadline for campaign contributions passed and the results, he said, prove the slate theory he so doggedly stuck to throughout last year's election campaign.

Mayor Greg Gardner and Councillors Rob Kirkham, Doug Race, Paul Lalli and Corinne Lonsdale all benefited from the same corporate contributors, as well as a host of others, along their respective campaign trails.

Seven J's Development pitched $200 into the war chest of each of those candidates, helping to bring Gardner's total contributions to $7,014, Race's to $9,434, Kirkham's to $2,933, Londale's to $3,815 and Lalli's to $7,629.

Cardinal Concrete contributed to a number of the same campaigns as well, writing $500 cheques to Lalli, Race and Gardner.

Triton Industries also contributed to a number of campaigns. Gardner raised $500 from Triton Steel, as did Lalli. Lonsdale raised $200 from Triton Automotive.

Rommel Homes threw $500 at both Race and Gardner, while Oakview Holdings contributed $250 to Lonsdale and Kirkham.

However, Patteron's theory suffers the odd hitch, not least of which is that each of these candidates raised a slew of money from divergent sources. Further, there were overlaps outside the slate, as well. Cambie House, for example, contributed $100 to Lonsdale's campaign, but also $100 to Councillor Patricia Heintzman's, which raised a total of $3,918.

Councillor Bryan Raiser was the only candidate with no corporate overlaps. He raised $3,414, with Granite Art pledging $692, the largest single donation.