We're Fighting Dirty Money
$8,500 of $5,000 goal
I wish we could say “you’ll never believe this”, but when it comes to corruption in British Columbia’s politics -- it’s hard to be surprised anymore.
Last weekend, Concerned Citizens for British Columbia, a front group started by oil and gas interests and Christy Clark’s former economic adviser, launched this full-page ad attacking B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan and the Leap Manifesto.
You’re reading this right: a shadowy front group connected to Christy Clark is spending tens of thousands of dollars to attack clean energy, Indigenous and workers’ rights in B.C.
Enough is enough. Are you ready to fight back?
We are launching this crowdfunding campaign to place our own ad in this weekend's Vancouver papers. This open letter will take Christy Clark head-on, while laying out The Leap’s vision of an energy transition for BC that creates thousands of jobs and respects Indigenous rights.
Unlike the “Concerned Citizens” front group, we’re not hiding where our support comes from. Can you help us make our goal in the next few days?
Want to get involved but can’t contribute? Spread the word about this campaign and what concerns YOU about corruption in B.C. politics using Concerned Citizens for British Columbia’s own ridiculous hashtag: #WeAreConcerned
The Leap Manifesto’s fifteenth demand is a call to work swiftly towards an electoral system where “corporate money is removed from political campaigns.” Let’s make it happen in B.C., by calling out corruption in one of Canada’s biggest papers.
Who we are
The Leap Manifesto (leapmanifesto.org) launched in 2015 with a goal of upending our collective response to the crises of climate change, inequality, and racism. The manifesto calls for a Canada based on caring for each other and the planet, moving swiftly to a post-carbon future, upholding Indigenous rights, and pursuing social and economic justice for all.
Donations to this campaign are administered by The Leap's non-profit fiscal sponsor, the Polaris Institute ( http://www.polarisinstitute.org/), who handle all payments related to the campaign.
How the funds will be used
The funds will be used to purchase a full-page ad in Sunday’s Vancouver Province ($5,000 + tax) and pay the designer who created it. Any additional funds will be put towards continuing to tell the story of The Leap's vision of a just transition to a green economy, which creates thousands of jobs and protects Indigenous and workers' rights.
The newspaper requires it to be signed by an individual, and we were honoured to have Leap initiating signatory David Suzuki add his name alongside Avi Lewis — with a link to this website where people can see all the names and messages of those who contributed — thank you!
Here’s how the payments break down:
Buying space in this Sunday’s Vancouver Province: $5000 + tax
Ad designer: approximately $500 + tax
All writing and staff time from the Leap organising team are by donation. Any additional funds received by this campaign will be used to build momentum for a just transition to a green economy which creates thousands of jobs and protects Indigenous and workers' rights.