This page contained his City Hall contact information. Then it was blank. Now it has an email address.
Rob Ford has been a candidate for mayor for just over 24 hours. Here are his apparent transgressions thus far:
• Commissioning a poll (from a mysterious firm even he hasn’t heard of) to gauge support for his potential candidacy, prior to registering as a candidate. The Municipal Elections Act (MEA) states that “An expense shall not be incurred by or on behalf of a candidate outside his or her election campaign period,” and that that campaign period “begins on the day he or she files a nomination for the office.” As the poll is a service “on behalf of a person wholly or partly for use in his or her election campaign,” it would almost certainly count as a campaign expense. (If he hadn’t run, then it likely wouldn’t have mattered.)
Breakfast Television hosts Dina Pugliese and Kevin Frankish stunned by the sudden parade passing by their studio Thursday morning. (clip)
• The existence of signs and a website prior to his registration. Even though his family runs a sign-making business, the “value of contributions of goods and services” count as campaign expenses. Likewise, even if Thirdeye designed his website pro bono, there’s still presumably a value to that work.
It’s gone now.
• As reported by Toronto Election News, using City of Toronto stationery to mail out an invitation to his “Wine & Cheese.” If the night were indeed merely a celebration of his ten years on Council, this would be ironic but still kosher. But seeing as it’s now explicitly a campaign event (he has even stated that he’ll be unveiling part of his platform there), it’s in violation of the section of the Councillor Expense Policy concerning “Use of Corporate Resources during an Election Year” [PDF]. Itself broadly derived from the MEA, the policy states that the “City of Toronto logo will not be used in any campaign related materials.” When the Integrity Commissioner investigated a similar matter regarding the logo in 2005 [PDF], he concluded that the breach was in violation of the councillors’ Code of Conduct, the City’s copyright, and also the “Corporate Identity Program Principles for the use of the City of Toronto Corporate Logo” [PDF].
• Putting the City of Toronto logo and his City Hall contact info on his campaign site. These were taken down within an hour of the site launching, and after minimal prodding on Twitter. (Even though he’s a guy running on a reputation for being responsive, I was still impressed by the speedy deletions.)