Nen­shi ends law­suit drive

Mayor’s own $16K cheque pays o last of his le­gal bills

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Mayor Na­heed Nen­shi’s le­gal bills are paid off, and the mayor him­self brought the cam­paign to a close with his $16,910 cheque.

The $284,835 bill was tal­lied after a bit­ter le­gal con­fronta­tion in 2013 be­tween Calvin Wen­zel and the mayor over com­ments made by Nen­shi dur­ing the 2013 elec­tion cam­paign. A con­fi­den­tial set­tle­ment was reached in 2016.

The city cov­ered the ini­tial le­gal tab, but Nen­shi later pledged to re­pay the cost through a sep­a­rate fundrais­ing cam­paign.

When asked why it was im­por­tant to do a public fundraiser in­stead of pay­ing off the bill him­self, Nen­shi said it’s a great ex­am­ple of the public stand­ing up and say­ing democ­racy is im­por­tant.

“To ac­tu­ally set a prece­dent that a public ser­vant should have to raise hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars, take out a mort­gage, do­ing their job, I think is not the prece­dent we want to set here,” said Nen­shi.

All of the donors’ names were re­leased as per the ethics ad­viser’s ad­vice and the mayor’s “com­mit­ment to trans­parency.”

The funds raised were mainly large sums — only two en­tries on the list are donors who forked over less than $100. There were 11 do­na­tions at the $500 mark, 31 donors who parted with $1,000 and a to­tal of 11 for $10,000 do­na­tions.

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