Daphne Bramham: Money, politics, and the price of influence in Vancouver
In political life, nothing is more important than The List — not the red, blue, orange or green policy books, and, maybe, not even the candidates.
Money is the lifeblood of politics because being competitive means raising millions of dollars, even in civic elections.
Short of having candidates and campaigns fully funded by taxpayers — a system that has its own ugly warts and flaws — it’s one of democracy’s necessary evils.
But what is done in party backrooms to get that money is often at the root of citizens’ cynicism about politicians and democracy itself. That’s especially so when there appears to be a disconnect between what the politicians say and who they lean on for cash.
There are essentially two donor lists, as was evident last week after Stanley Q. Woodvine’s discovery of a discarded Forward Together spreadsheet. That spreadsheet is The List.