Probably not.  Otherwise that would be about 5-10 times more funds than all Canadian registered charities spent on political activities in 2012.  In fact, when we reviewed who spent the most on political activities it appears to me that the top 6 organizations were all mistakes.  Either CRA or the charity messed up when inputting the numbers.  All charities, but especially larger charities, should carefully review their T3010 before filing and also check that the CRA got the information correct a few months after filing.

Here are some of the top “political” spenders according to the 2012 CRA database – clearly not plausible numbers.

UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR $285,002,545.00
COSTI IMMIGRANT SERVICES $24,137,366.00
SOUTHWEST HORIZON SCHOOL DIVISION $20,619,773.00
LES CENTRES JEUNESSE CHAUDIERE-APPALACHES $15,579,451.00
HORNEPAYNE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL $4,626,878.00
THE KLEMKE FOUNDATION THE $4,059,691.00