I can't believe I am reading this.
"Alleged Tory Internet Scheme?"
Elections Canada has been asked to investigate the Conservatives after allegations that the party is overseeing a group that operates partisan on-line web logs. Canada's election watchdog received a complaint Tuesday morning from a disaffected party member who claims the Tories tried to sway political opinion in cyberspace in the leadup to, and during, the election by setting up the popular "Blogging Tories" website.
And did they receive any similar complaints about the Blogging Dippers or Progressive Bloggers (or whatever the Liberal stooges call themselves)? I bet not! And look at Parks' accusations!
it may have "unduly influenced the election coverage and potentially the outcome of this campaign...." "They're using a third-party agency to get elected..." the group was set up as a concerted effort by senior Conservatives to win the election... "They're trying to make it look like these are individuals rather than a party effort..."
And who do I see had a hand in this?
I love this bit:
Third-party election financing laws state that it is illegal for a group to spend more than $150,000 during an election period related to a general election. It can also spend no more than $3,000 of that money "to promote or oppose the election of one or more candidates in a given electoral district."
First of all, the Blogging Tories are spread all over Canada. Secondly, a lot of us (like me) haven't spent a dime on our websites. So why bother mentioning this without also mentioning the fact that it is extremely unlikely that the BT collective have spent anywhere near $150k?
And what the heck is this supposed to mean?
Parks said in an interview Tuesday he was approached by senior Conservative MP Diane Ablonczy in December 2005 after a Tory caucus retreat in British Columbia and asked to head what he described as a pre-election initiative on behalf of the party.
Is Parks actually implying that he was asked by the Conservatives to head the Blogging Tories in December? Because if this is what he is trying to say, then he is lying through his teeth. Blogging Tories has been around for a while. I mean, I joined back in May!
I also love that neither Stephen or Craig (the site founders) were asked to comment. What kind of unbiased journalism is this supposed to be? I am so insulted!