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As bad as it looked (Doug trying to pass off a UCP member who had considered running for leader as a random struggling small business owner he had met while campaigning), it was actually far worse than first appeared. h/t to @HandmaidAlberta for some fine sleuthing. #ableg 1/?
First, let's meet Dr. James D. Trofimuk, a Calgary dentist who briefly considered running for UCP leader. Here's a glimple of Dr. James' website as archived on the wayback machine. 2/?
It turns out Dr. James balked at the entrance fee and subsequently decided not to run for UCP Leader. Don Braid's column about this has been previously posted (thanks, again, @HandmaidAlberta!) but here it is again ICYMI. 3/?

At some point before Sept 17/17, Dr. James met Doug Schweitzer. 4/?
They must have hit it off because on December 12, 2018, they went out door-knocking together. Doug tweeted a pic. Coincidentally, that night Doug & his crew talked with a small businessman who was going to have to stop giving to charity because of taxes & regulations 5/?
This morning Doug tweeted a strange letter that Dr. James wrote and chose to make public. Now, I've worked with charities for years and I've never seen a donor do something like that. (5 CEO's excl). Also strange, Doug didn't bother to mention he doorknocks with Dr. James. 6/
Now you can see from the last tweet that Jason Kenney, not having learned his lesson with the $50,000 church carbon levy bill that didn't exist, gleefully retweeted it to his followers. Did Jason not recognize Dr. James' name from his short-lived leadership bid? Who knows? 7/
What I do know is that these people are not very good at cooking up schemes. Or following rules. Here's snapshots from the Elections Alberta's Financial Disclosure website. Dr. James donated 3 times to the UCP in 2018, including $1000 to Doug's constituency association. 8/
Now, I know math is hard but I am pretty sure that $3,000 + $1,000 + $1,000 + $50 equals more than $4K. So, while Dr. James doesn't have enough money to donate to charities, he has so much money to give to the UCP that he needed to exceed the legal contribution limit. 9/end
Postcript: thanks, @j_parent54 for pointing out that Doug and Dr. James didn't just bump into each other in September, 2017. They met for coffee. Thanks, Jay!
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