Nenshi ends lawsuit drive
Mayor’s own $16K cheque pays o last of his legal bills
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.