Rob Ford broke election rules: Audit

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at council chambers during the 2013 budget debate Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013....

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at council chambers during the 2013 budget debate Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 5:17 PM ET

TORONTO - Mayor Rob Ford is now being accused of breaking election campaign finance rules.

A long-awaited compliance audit on Ford's campaign was released late Friday.

The audit by Froese Forensic Partners found Ford has breached the Municipal Elections Act and exceeded the authorized spending limit by $40,168 or 3%. Mayoral candidates had a $1.3 million spending limit during the 2010 race.

The overage was due to unrecorded expenses and the reallocation of costs for certain events treated previously as fundraising costs.

"Additional apparent contraventions in relation to contributions, campaign expenses and financial reporting" were also found by the auditors.

It will be up to the three-member compliance audit committee to determine whether the violations are serious enough to push ahead with a legal process that could lead to anything from a fine to Ford's ouster from office.


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