Fair Elections Toronto has initiated audit applications against nine candidates for Toronto City Council in the 2010 election cycle. Of the nine applications:
- Two were granted and audits are now completed with apparent contraventions of the Municipal Elections Act reported by the auditors (Abdi Hashised and Peter Youngren)
- Two were granted and audits are currently being completed (Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti);
- One was granted and is now under appeal at the Ontario Court of Justice (Peter Li Preti);
- Three were rejected by the Compliance Audit Committee (Councillors Doug Ford, James Pasternak and Michael Thompson); and
- One was withdrawn (Jon Burnside).
One of the considerable impediments to citizens holding politicians accountable to the Municipal Elections Act is that all audits must be initiated by citizens and the process for doing so is, at best, quasi-judicial and at worst judicial. Fair Elections Toronto has only been able to pursue such a volume of litigation with the support of more than half a dozen lawyers providing their servicespro bono.