A Senate Third Party Advertiser engages in Senate election advertising to promote or oppose, or take a position on an issue associated with, a registered candidate in a Senate election. A Senate 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 Senate election advertising, or it has accepted or plans to accept at least $1,000 in Senate election advertising contributions.
For a Senate election held in conjunction with a municipal election, the Senate election advertising period starts on May 1st and ends on Election Day. For Senate elections held in conjunction with a provincial election, or on a date fixed by an order in council, the Senate election advertising period commences on the Writ Day for that election and ends on Election Day. Senate TPAs are prohibited from advertising outside of this period.
Registered Senate TPAs
There are currently no registered Senate TPAs.
Deregistered Senate TPAs
There are currently no deregistered Senate TPAs.
A registered Senate 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 Senate 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 Senate TPA can spend a maximum of $31,821 during the Senate election advertising period.
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Senate TPAs must disclose their financial activities to Elections Alberta by filing weekly contribution reports every Thursday during the Senate election advertising period, and by filing a Senate election advertising return within 6 months after polling day. Failure to meet a filing deadline results in a late filing fee of $500.
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Senate 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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