Opposition raise concerns over apparent Ontario PC donation letter resembling invoice

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Opposition raise concerns over apparent Ontario PC donation letter resembling invoice
Author of the article:Canadian Press
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Publishing date:Aug 18, 2021 • 11 hours ago • 2 minute read • 22 Comments
A fundraising letter received in the mail from the Ontario Progressive Conservative party is shown in North Bay, Ont., in this recent handout photo. Opposition parties are raising concerns that the letter, which appears to ask for donations to the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, could trick people in giving money because it resembles an invoice.
A fundraising letter received in the mail from the Ontario Progressive Conservative party is shown in North Bay, Ont., in this recent handout photo. Opposition parties are raising concerns that the letter, which appears to ask for donations to the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, could trick people in giving money because it resembles an invoice. The Canadian Press
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TORONTO — Ontario opposition parties are raising concerns over images circulating online of what appears to be a fundraising letter designed to resemble an invoice from the governing Progressive Conservatives.

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The NDP and Liberals say it could mislead vulnerable residents into thinking they need to pay money to the party.

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The Progressive Conservatives and Premier Doug Ford’s office did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

North Bay, Ont., resident Veronica Doyon says a letter from the Progressive Conservatives was delivered to her home and displays the word invoice across the top, with the phrase “please pay today.”


A photo of the letter Doyon shared with The Canadian Press shows a “balance due” of $300 for what’s described as an “election readiness fund.” The document describes the payment as a donation in smaller text lower down on the page.

The Canadian Press has not been able to confirm the document is authentic.

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The NDP wrote to Elections Ontario on Wednesday asking for a probe into possible violations of the Elections Act.

“It is deeply concerning that the premier would authorize a fundraising letter created to deliberately confuse or alarm vulnerable individuals into a donation to his campaign,” NDP ethics critic Taras Natyshak wrote.

The Liberals said they intend to contact Ontario Provincial Police out of concern that the apparent Progressive Conservative letter could be considered a scam.

“People are already struggling financially thanks to the pandemic. The Conservatives’ apparent attempt to potentially scam vulnerable people out of what little money they have left is despicable,” Ontario Liberal Party president Brian Johns said in a statement.

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Johns also called on the Conservatives to return any money they received through similar mailings.

Elections Ontario said it does not confirm details of investigations or complaints, but noted fundraising materials don’t fall under its area of regulation.

“Elections Ontario regulates provincial elections in Ontario under the Election Act and the Election Finances Act. Neither Act regulates the content of campaign or fundraising materials, or the content of political advertising,” it said.

Doyon said she believes the letter was intended for her parents, who used to live in her current home, because her mother has donated to the Progressive Conservatives.

She said she initially posted the photo online to vent her frustration but has since filed a complaint with police over its presentation.

“Maybe I was able to read between the lines and see, no, they’re just asking aggressively for a donation, but it doesn’t mean that someone else didn’t,” Doyon said in a telephone interview. “They still tried to trick me.”
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Ontario PCs apologize for 'confusion' after donation 'invoice' outcry
NDP say the PCs need to explain their relationship with Responsive Marketing Group, which sent out the letters

Author of the article:Antonella Artuso
Publishing date:Aug 19, 2021 • 16 hours ago • 2 minute read • 29 Comments
A fundraising letter received in the mail from the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is shown in North Bay, Ont.
A fundraising letter received in the mail from the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is shown in North Bay, Ont. The Canadian Press
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The Doug Ford Progressive Conservatives are insisting they did not intend to dupe their supporters with an “invoice” fundraising letter.

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Opposition parties have decried it a “scam” and called for an Elections Ontario and police investigation into possible fraud.


PC supporters recently received letters labelled “invoice” for in some cases hundreds of dollars — although in reality it was a pitch for political donations.

Stephanie Bellotto, a spokesperson for the Ontario PC Party, said they depend on the contributions of their thousands of “hardworking” supporters.

“At no time was it our intention to mislead our valued supporters,” Bellotto said in a statement Thursday. “We regret that this correspondence was sent to a limited group of supporters by one of our vendors and will not happen again.

“We apologize for any confusion or frustration this may have caused.”

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The Ontario NDP said the PCs need to explain their relationship with Responsive Marketing Group, which sent out the letters on behalf of the party.

A letter sent out to some Ontario PC supporters soliciting donations.
A letter sent out to some Ontario PC supporters soliciting donations.
NDP Ethics critic Taras Natyshak released Elections Ontario filings showing that the Ontario PC Party paid at least $1.7 million to the company over the past two years.

“Why is Doug Ford associating with, much less paying $1.7 million to this company? And what is Doug Ford buying with these $1.7 million in contracts?” Natyhsak said in a statement Thursday. “I am calling on the Ford PCs to release details of these contracts today.”

Fake notice scams are a perpetual concern for many business owners where staff handle the paying of bills.


The Better Business Bureau (BBB) highlighted the issue in a posting on its website in January, although it was not referring to any political party or political fundraising.

“Many versions of the invoice scam have been reported, but the general con remains the same,” BBB wrote. “The business receives a letter or email with an official-looking invoice. The person in charge of processing invoices at the business isn’t aware of the scam, so the bill is handled normally and paid without further investigation.

“Perhaps the most intimidating is an invoice from a local, state/provincial or federal government agency for some kind of local fee, tax or other official assessment required to stay in compliance with the law,” it said.

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I guess the Dipshits and Libtards think Ontarians are too stupid to understand they can't be forced to donate to any party. If you actually read through the "invoice", you'd have to be pretty stupid to think you "owe" the Conservative party money. No surprise the Dipshits and Libtards would think that though.
 
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