*UPDATE* Mayor accused of continuing to lobby for donations
New allegations that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is still lobbying city hall lobbyists trying to get them to donate money to his charitable foundation.
The Toronto Star has been shown the plain letterhead fundraising letters sent to at least 2 lobbyists, with the Mayor's signature on them.
The executive director of the Residential and Civil Constructions Alliances of Ontario got his letter January 28th, just three days after the Mayor won his appeal in the conflict of interest case that sprang from his solicitation of donations from lobbyists 4 years ago.
Andy Manahan is quoted as calling this a Ford "indiscretion" but one less serious than others . In his words "you never know what a mayor's office could do to put a monkey wrench into your dealings with the city."
The Mayor is in Florida and his people have not responded to a Star request for comment but councillor Doug Ford insists that this letter is a "mass mailer" which does not target lobbyists specifically.
The Mayor's office did release a statement on Thursday afternoon.
It is our understanding that the Football Foundation makes every attempt to remove registered lobbyists from its mass mailing lists. If errors were made, they were inadvertent. The Foundation will review and look for ways to improve its processes. In any case, it is our understanding that the Foundation has not received any donations from lobbyists and it is Foundation policy to return such donations if they were to be received in error.
(files by D. Agar, M. Rosa)