Michael Binetti, partner at Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP, is quoted in The Lawyers Weekly: Election Watchers Call For PAC Controls, July 3, 2015. PAC, Political Action Committee, is an organization that raises private funds and donates the money to influence elections (either for or against a candidate) or legislation.
“Toronto civil litigator and Liberal supporter Michael Binetti isn’t worried about the power of PACs, particularly in light of the effects they have had in the country from which they originated.
“PACs have been a backdoor way of big bad business to influence the democratic process in the United States. Yet in the face of that, Barrack Obama raised and spent more money to get elected twice,” said Binetti, whose fellow partner in Affleck Greene McMurtry, Kyle Peterson, is the Liberal candidate in the federal Ontario riding of Newmarket-Aurora.
He believes Canadians are smart enough to recognize third-party interests in ads within a pre-election environment in which the federal Tory juggernaut has eclipsed the Liberals and NDP in fundraising.”
Michael Binetti brings a proven litigation background plus extensive experience in arguing both trials and appeals. He has demonstrated his strategic legal capability and expertise in wide-ranging areas of litigation, including business and construction disputes, fraud, employment law, competition investigations, private competition actions, elections law and dealing with municipal and government regulators. Michael assists candidates during and after elections dealing with election law issues and responding to election challenges and compliance audit requests. He is the Permanent Appeals Chair for the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario). He also assists municipal candidates of all political stripes.