The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is speaking out against the use of taxpayer money by the City of Summerside to buy tickets for political fundraising dinners.

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If Summerside politicians want to support a political party, they should do it with their own money, says Kevin Lacey, Atlantic director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. (CBC)

Expense claims posted this week by the city for the first half of 2013 include hundreds of dollars for tickets to political dinners. Mayor Basil Stewart told CBC News Thursday whenever any party - provincial or federal - invites the city to a fundraiser, the city buys at least one ticket.

"They shouldn't have to give money to have access to these politicians," said Kevin Lacey, Atlantic Canada Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

"That's what's so maddening about the situation."

Lacey said if politicians want to support a political party,  that should be their choice.

What they shouldn't be using is taxpayers' money to support their choice of political parties," he said.

"That's what the problem is here. You're allowing the politicians to expense, at taxpayers' expense, their choice of political parties."

Lacey said there is no difference between attending a political fundraising dinner and making a straight donation to a party.

Stewart said the city has bought tickets to functions held by the Progressive Conservatives, Liberals and NDP.