Covert cell phone video catches a Calgary
"... keeping in mind, in order to bring Preston on board, 11 of us put up 100 thousand - so $1.1-million. So it's not like we haven't put up our money you know, and we are also going to be there to put up it again and yet we're also supporting the candidates."Hey, those Manning Centre free marketeer courses put on for those Calgary municipal councilors don't pay for themselves, you know.
They are run by Manning Centre Municipal Governance Project manager Dimitri Pantazopoulos, a former Republican pollster and Harper policy advisor, who was also Christy Clark's Trade and Intergovernmental Relations ADM and former principal secretary, now listed at his Manning Centre bio as one of her key advisors. A "Dimitri" is mentioned by Cal Wenzel in the video above, asking Wenzel if anyone can beat Mayor Nenshi.
Even before seeing the vid, Mr Pantazopoulos had talking points circulated advising that Preston would be unable to respond to media questions because he was out of the country, however :
"Incoming Manning Centre chair Chuck Strahl is prepared to respond to media as needed in Preston’s absence."chair of the Manning Centre and of CSIS watchdog the Security Intelligence Review Committee since last June, and, along with Stockwell Day, helping Christy Clark with her BC election campaign ?
Another developer CEO at the conference said that it's :
“up to Preston” if he needs more money beyond the $1.1 million.
“He really appreciated getting funding. It helped to finish off the offices and other things, their training facilities.”Ah yes, the brand new Manning Centre offices in Calgary ... home of the Manning Centre For Building
You know, you're really better off reading the locals on this one :
Alberta Diary and Daveberta
h/t Holly Stick
Update : Calgary Mayor Nenshi tonight :
" This has to do with the Manning Centre and I don't want to get into an enormous amount of detail on this but this is a challenge. I think the Canada Revenue needs to take a look at this.
We've had the Manning Centre say over the last couple of days that the donors did not intend to enrich themselves, that they were giving the money generally to the work of the Manning Centre, but we have the donor himself saying on tape that he gave the money to bring Preston Manning onboard and to hire an employee for his campaign. In law, if the donation benefits the donor, it's not a donation. And a tax-exempt organization may not be a tax-exempt organization if it's working to the benefit of its donors. Now we understand that Preston Manning was in the room, another employee of the Manning Centre was in the room, so they cannot now claim they didn't realize that that was the donor's intent.".