University of Lethbridge accused of illegal fundraising

Alberta’s Wildrose party says documents show the University of Lethbridge has been illegally donating to the governing Progressive Conservatives.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s Wildrose party says documents show the University of Lethbridge has been illegally donating to the governing Progressive Conservatives.

The Wildrose says freedom of information searches reveal the institution has donated more than $15,000 to the party going back almost eight years.

The lion’s share went to fundraising dinners for former premiers Ralph Klein and Ed Stelmach, but no money has involved current Premier Alison Redford.

A university spokesman says the school is looking into the charges and will soon make a formal reply.

Organizations that receive public funding cannot by law donate to political parties.

Alberta’s chief electoral officer is currently examining alleged illegal donations in 10 Tory ridings.