City clerk’s office to release Ford campaign compliance audit results next week
Just days after Rob Ford was given leave by Divisional Court to stay in his job as Mayor of Toronto, he could be facing more legal troubles – this time, over possibly illegal spending on his 2010 mayoral campaign.
Next week, the city clerk’s office is expected to release the results of a compliance audit on Ford’s campaign.
The audit was ordered in 2011 by the city’s compliance audit committee, after a group of citizens alleged various improprieties in the Ford campaign’s spending.
Among the allegations were that the Ford campaign improperly used the services of a family-owned holding company, Doug Ford Holdings Ltd., to disperse $70,000 in funds.
Ford’s campaign lawyer Thomas Barlow had indicated the expenditures were above-board — but the compliance audit committee voted to send it off to an auditor to assess it once and for all.
The Ford campaign initially fought the audit in court but in April of 2012 the mayor announced he would drop legal proceedings and allowed the audit to proceed.
If the audit finds that Ford violated the Municipal Elections Act, he could face a range of penalties, from $25,000 in fines per infraction to removal from office.
For that to happen, the compliance audit committee would have to vote to send the audit to a special prosecutor.