Clover Moore discloses donations a year ahead of the pack

The Clover Moore Independent Team today released a summary of all donations they have received for the 2012 Local Government election campaign.

"I strongly believe the community has a right to know exactly who they are voting for before they cast their vote and that's why I am publicly disclosing my donations a year before they are actually due," Ms Moore said.

Ms Moore said the community had donated around $175,000 to help the Team run their campaign.

"I've contested 12 elections and this is the largest amount we've ever raised for a campaign. It's a massive endorsement from the community and I am overwhelmed by the support we've received," Ms Moore said.

"We don't have the war chests that the big parties pull out for elections, instead we start from scratch at each election and rely heavily on community volunteers and donations.

Our results show that we've been able to raise most of our funding through small individual donations and community fundraisers.

"The most common donation is $50, with three quarters (73%) of donations less than $200.

The largest donation has been $2200. The smallest is $5."

Ms Moore said a typical campaign consisted of flyers (designed, printed & distributed), stationery including letters and how to vote cards, advertising, videos, posters, t-shirts and a campaign office.

Ms Moore re-iterated her call for other local government candidates to declare their reportable donations ahead of the election.

"Under the current law candidates are only obliged to make their donations public a year after the election. I think the public should know ahead of an election just who is financing a campaign - is it the community or are vested interests involved?" Ms Moore said.

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