A Dec. 3, 2018 CBC article is entitled: “‘Cash envelopes’ were ‘funnelled’ to Toronto councillor’s election campaigns, OPP allege witnesses said.”
An excerpt from the CBC News article, by Zach Dubinsky and John Lancaster, reads:
The police investigation that led to election-finance charges against two Toronto city councillors last month unearthed some eye-popping allegations from witnesses and saw officers execute a search warrant at a high-profile political strategy firm, court records obtained by CBC News show.
OPP investigators say they heard from witnesses that “cash envelopes” were “funnelled” to Justin Di Ciano’s election campaigns, that a developer groomed him over years to get him elected and help get projects approved, and that the same developer provided construction work to Coun. Mark Grimes.
Detectives later searched the offices of Campaign Research, a polling and research firm with close ties to Toronto Mayor John Tory, amid allegations that work done by the firm was provided to — but not properly declared by — Di Ciano and Grimes.
The article notes that “None of the revelations have been tested in court.”
The article adds that “Zach Dubinsky [Senior Writer, CBC Investigations Unit] is an investigative journalist. His reporting on offshore tax havens (including the Paradise Papers and Panama Papers), political corruption and organized crime have won multiple national and international awards. Phone: 416-205-7553. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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