Campaign finance legislation is based on the premise that money is a significant factor in electoral success.
Legislation therefore attempts to promote financial equity and fairness primarily with respect to election campaigns. Some have referred to campaign finance legislation as legislation designed to create a level playing field.
Goals of the legislation include:
increasing participation in the electoral process
controlling the amounts of money which can be spent
sharing of resources so as to promote a broader range of views
public financial support (reimbursement of eligible expenses and tax credits for contributions)
Campaign finance legislation, in the form of The Elections Finances Act (EFA), was introduced in Manitoba in 1980. It included a limit on advertising expenses and public financial support in the form of tax credit. In 1985, it was expanded to limit total election expenses, allow for reimbursement of expenses and included an audit subsidy.
Since then, The EFA has continued to evolve to improve the fairness and transparency of the electoral system through the introduction of contribution limits and by enhancing public disclosure (the types of information political participants must report to Elections Manitoba).
In this section you can learn about the financial responsibilities of political parties, leadership contestants, candidates, constituency associations, official agents, auditors and others.