Vote Yes for Nanaimo Event Centre collected $1,732 from donors, with the majority of the money being spent on signage, according to documents filed with Elections B.C. (BBB Architects image)

Yes side spent less on advertising for Nanaimo event centre campaign

Vote Yes for Nanaimo Event Centre has filed disclosure statements with Elections B.C.

The yes camp for a proposed Nanaimo event centre spent a quarter of what NoVote2017 did on sponsored advertising, its disclosure statement shows.

Vote Yes for Nanaimo Event Centre collected $1,732 from donors, with the majority of the money being spent on signage, according to documents filed with Elections B.C.

Harry Law and Mark Cooke were the largest contributors, each giving $500, followed by Tali Campbell who gave $232. Eight people contributed less than $100.

The proposed event centre went to referendum in March with 80.3 per cent of voters against borrowing $80 million for the project. NoVote2017, which campaigned against the event centre proposal, raised $8,835, including from 350 anonymous contributors, its amended statement shows. It spent $7,145 on sponsored advertising.

Yes for Nanaimo Event Centre sent its statement after Elections B.C.’s June 9 deadline without the required late-filing fee and had until July 10 to file along with a $500 charge.