Stephen Harper has appointed the single biggest donor from his 2004 Conservative party leadership campaign to a $132,000 a year Senate seat.
Sports tycoon David Braley -- whose political donations to Harper, his party and other Conservatives total $99,000 over the last six years -- is the latest Tory partisan punted into Parliament's upper chamber.
The businessman from Hamilton, Ont., owns the B.C. Lions and the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. He replaces Conservative senator Wilbert Keon, who reached the mandatory Senate retirement age of 75 just days ago.
"I look forward to working with Mr. Braley and all of our senators as our government works towards a more democratic, accountable and effective Senate," the prime minister said in a news release.
The biography provided by the Prime Minister's Office listed Braley's many philanthropic contributions -- including $5 million for McMaster University -- but not his hefty Conservative donations.
Records unearthed by Liberal researchers show Braley personally donated $16,500 to Harper's 2004 leadership campaign, and his company, Orlick Industries, donated another $30,000. That made him Harper's single biggest supporter.