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Conservative Party top local election campaign spender

It should come as no surprise that the Conservative Party spent and received the most funds during the 2015 federal election campaign in Grande Prairie – Mackenzie. Chris Warkentin was re-elected with 72.9 per cent of the vote, and spent a total of $49,444 dollars according to financial reports from Elections Canada.

He received 142,348 in total contributions, transfers and cash inflows, including $71,370 from individuals and $30,000 transferred from the Grande Prairie-Mackenzie Conservative Association. He also spent $4,565 on personal expenses.

Liberal candidate Reagan Johnston earned the second highest amount of votes at 14.7 per cent, but has not yet filed his financial reports. He’s received a court extension and will have his papers due May 20th.

Therefore, the next closest was the NDP’s Saba Mossagizi, who spent $13,165 and received $16,645 in contributions and transfers. She came away with 8.1 per cent of the vote on October 19, 2015.

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James Friesen with the Green Party spent $2,768 and another $1,407 in personal expenses and received $5,175 in contributions, while Libertarian Dylan Thompson received and spent $120, along with $269 in personal expenses. They took away 3.1 and 1.1 per cent of the vote respectively.

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