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Meet B.C.'s double-dippers: a list of more than 200 companies donating large sums to both the B.C. Liberals and the NDP parties over the past seven years.

There is no donation cap in B.C., meaning companies like Enbridge and Rogers Communications can give as much as they want — sometimes to both parties simultaneously. The list of double-dippers grew by several names in 2012 as some companies jumped from the Liberals to the NDP for the first time.

"Obviously they feel they have to cover their bets," said independent MLA Vicki Huntington of Delta South. "Especially in the environment we see in B.C. right now, where there quite likely could be a change in government."

Real estate developers and resource companies top the list, which was based on an analysis of electoral finance history dating back to 2005. (Larger companies were merged with their subsidiaries to capture complete donations.)

Donations linked to the Aquilini Investment Group led the 2012 list, with $210,275 divided between both major parties. The company focuses on real estate developments in Vancouver and Kelowna (and also owns the Vancouver Canucks). The company and its managing director Francesco Aquilini donated $107,775 to the Liberals last year— then gave $102,500 to the NDP.

In some cases, the donations shifted from the Liberals to NDP late in the year. The New Car Dealers Association gave the Liberals $24,950 throughout 2012. By September, those donations stopped and the lobbying group started donating exclusively to the NDP, totalling $18,800 by year's end.

The Encana Corporation is another double-dipper. Since 2005, the natural gas developer has donated $791,270 exclusively to the Liberals. They broke tradition last year by donating to the NDP for the first time — a sum of $141,140 by year's end.

These double-dippers are the focus of a renewed push for electoral finance reform by B.C.'s independent MLAs. A group of three independent MLAs including Ms. Huntington introduced a Democratic Reform Agenda into B.C.'s legislature in February, which proposed banning donations from unions and corporations.

She said there is a "growing trend" to bring limits to campaign finance. The current Liberal government doesn't support the controls, she said, but the opposition NDP do.

Below, find the top five companies on the list, based on total contributions in 2012.

B.C.'s Double-Dippers

1. Aquilini Investment Group

Aquilini Investment Group and its subsidiary Aquilini Developments have been a major supporter of the Liberals, donating $469,705 since 2005. They continued the trend this year with a $67,000 donation — almost all of it coming in December. The company’s managing director Francesco Aquilini gave another $40,775 to the Liberals. But the company also donated to the NDP, including a $100,000 sum in December for a total of $102,500.

To the NDP
To the Liberals

2. Encana Corporation

This energy company develops shale gas in the northern reaches of B.C. They have been a big supporter for both political parties in the province, donating a total of $805,410 since 2005. While most of this went to the B.C. Liberal’s party, they contributed to the NDP for the first time last year, giving just over $14,000 over six months. This still pales in comparison to their Liberal support, which reached $143,600 — just below their 2011 total of $146,800.

To the NDP
To the Liberals

3. Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor)

One of the world’s largest producers of lumber, Canfor ramped up donations to the NDP throughout the year, giving $23,000 in December alone. By year’s end, they had donated $44,000 to the party. The Liberals received $35,700 from the company in March on their way to a total donation of $53,100. But donations petered out by the end of the year and the company gave only $2,500 to the Liberals by December.

To the NDP
To the Liberals

4. Concord Pacific

Concord Pacific owns a number of residential buildings in B.C., including the Monet building in Richmond, B.C. — a Liberal stronghold. The subsidiary behind the Monet gave the Liberals $25,000 December 2012. Its parent company matched the donation for a total of $91,000 for the year. The company started supporting the NDP by September, giving a total of $5,500 over two months.

To the NDP
To the Liberals

5. Rogers Group of Companies

The telecommunications giant has been a strong Liberal supporter over the past seven years, giving an average of $36,000 per year to the party for a total of $285,818. Its division of Rogers Communications donated to the NDP for the first time in 2012, giving $25,000 to the party in December.

To the NDP
To the Liberals