Summary of the Notice of Violation
|Name of individual, corporation or entity||Martin Pickup|
|Date of violation||43rd federal general election|
|Section of the Act||368(3)|
|AMP total amount||$300|
|Issued by||Deputy Commissioner|
Key facts of violation
As the official agent for Archie MacKinnon, an independent candidate in the electoral district of Sydney–Victoria during the 43rd federal general election, Martin Pickup was the only person authorized to accept contributions to the campaign. The financial records of the campaign, as well as statements from several contributors and from Martin Pickup to OCCE investigators, establish that several cash contributions were accepted by Martin Pickup on behalf of the campaign. Among them, eight individuals contributed cash in an amount in excess of $20 (prohibited by section 371 of the Act), and one such contribution was in excess of the $1,600 limit that a contributor may contribute to a candidate (set by paragraph 367(1)(c) of the Act).
There are therefore reasonable grounds to believe that Martin Pickup accepted contributions that exceeded limits set out in the Act, in violation of subsection 368(3).
The final AMP amount is $300, as it includes one mitigating factor. A mitigating factor relating to the person’s ability to pay the penalty was applied.