By Ryan McGreal
Published September 22, 2006
Let's start with the $1,000 cheque accepted from Village Green Denture Clinic, one of several cheques over the $750 limit accepted and cashed by the Di Ianni campaign, and eventually revealed during court hearings. This one was written on the same day the first deposits were made in the mayor's campaign account. That $1,000 cheque was reported in his sworn financial statement as two donations, one for $750 from the clinic and one for $250 by the individual who signed the cheque.
What honesty led to this mistake in reporting the donation?
This is just the beginning, and it goes straight downhill. The Hamilton Spectator editors insist that Di Ianni's integrity is not in question and that there is no evidence of intentional wrongdoing.
The evidence itself tells a much different story.