A Referendum Third Party Advertiser engages in advertising to promote or oppose, or take a position on, an issue associated with a question in a referendum. A Referendum Third Party Advertiser is a person, corporation, or group which is required to register with Elections Alberta when it has incurred or plans to incur expenses of at least $1,000 for referendum advertising, or it has accepted or plans to accept at least $1,000 in referendum advertising contributions.
For a referendum held in conjunction with a general election, municipal election, or as a stand-alone event, the referendum advertising period starts on the Order Issue date and ends on Election Day. Referendum TPAs are prohibited from advertising outside of this period.
Registered Referendum TPAs
There are currently no registered Referendum TPAs.
Deregistered Referendum TPAs
There are currently no deregistered Referendum TPAs.
A registered Referendum TPA can accept advertising contributions from persons ordinarily resident in Alberta and corporations, employee organizations, and groups operating within Alberta.
The TPA chief financial officer is responsible for issuing official contribution receipts for contributions received. Contributions to TPAs are not eligible to be claimed for tax credits.
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A registered Referendum TPA or anyone acting on their behalf can hold events to raise funds. Examples of fundraising events include a luncheon, meet & greet, rally, golf tournament, silent auction etc. Rules apply on who can pay to attend or who can donate/bid at a silent auction.
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A registered Referendum TPA can spend a maximum of $530,342 during the referendum advertising period.
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Referendum TPAs must disclose their financial activities to Elections Alberta by filing weekly contribution reports every Thursday during the referendum advertising period, and by filing a referendum advertising return within 6 months after election day. Failure to meet a filing deadline results in a late filing fee of $500.
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Referendum TPA contributions and expenses information will be posted on Elections Alberta’s financial reporting website as filing dates occur and filings are received.
Online Financial System (OFS)
Registered TPA primary contacts and chief financial officers are granted access to Elections Alberta’s secure Online Financial System (OFS) to enter and submit financial reports.
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