What do the federal Liberals and the Campbell Liberals have in common?
David Basi and Bob Virk. Both worked for Paul Martin. Basi was the most influential Liberal Ministerial assistant working for the the most powerful cabinet minister, Finance Minister Gary Collins who was the closest ally in cabinet of Gordon Campbell.
Basi held more power than elected MLA's and cabinet ministers.
"Follow the money" has been the watchword in politics since the days of the Watergate scandal that ultimately brought down Richard Nixon. The scandal involving BC Liberal campaign donations isn't about the amount of money; it is about the expectation that access to cabinet ministers must be purchased. That is why Carole James and the NDP have promised to amend legislation dealing with campaign donations starting with a prohibition on donations by unions and corporations.