A garrulous right-winger, Alise Mills has appeared on CKNW, CTV, Sun News Network and CBC. Because she is pervasive, it’s worth learning a little about her. In the preceding article, you can hear Mills discussing blogs that she calls “absolute garbage” but I offer information about her that is a good deal more specific.
In August 2012, the national network described Mills as a “conservative political analyst” when she said on camera that British Columbia’s free enterprise coalition was ending. Mills predicted the B.C. Liberals would lose the coming election and probably cease to exist. Talking after Kevin Falcon’s August resignation, she said:
There was sort of a lack of direction by the Premier’s office. It seemed to be skipping from one announcement to the next and no real focal point. I think they’ve lost their way a little bit and I think that’s more or less what we need to be looking at.
She stated that Christy Clark should fall on her sword to protect the right of centre coalition. But, that was then, this is now. A few days ago, a right wing blogger wrote about Mills:
And now we have another one of these BC Liberals in Conservative clothing who has fully exposed herself.
Alise Mills runs around pretending to be a Conservative in the media when it suits her purpose such as appearances as a frequent guest on Sun News David Akin’s program Battleground like when she tellingly played-down the BC Rail scandal as an election issue…
Inevitably, hired guns deliver their loyalties to people who pay the bills. While Alise Mills predicted the end of the BC Liberals and called on Premier Clark to resign, she’s back in the fold trying to get MLA Mary Polak elected in a campaign against Conservative leader John Cummins and NDP candidate Andrew Mercier. According to Globe and Mail writer Justine Hunter, Alise Mills is currently Liberal Mary Polak’s communications guru. (Note: Subsequent to publication, Liberal insiders said this claim was untrue.)
Mills refers to herself as a “crisis communications & issues management consultant & part-time political pundit.” In the summer of 2011, she was a lobbyist for clients of accounting firm MNP, formerly Meyers Norris Penney. Sun business writer David Baines and a group of wounded investors once knew her as a director and vice-president for Veridigm Inc., a Vancouver company that traded on the OTC Bulletin Board in the United States.
Baines is a highly respected business writer, long the bane of perfidious promoters skulking around stock investment scenes. He paints an unsettling picture of cheats, dupes and victims and Alise Mills was one of the subjects in How Louis Dion’s much-hyped gambling venture came to naught:
… About this time, Alise Mills, a Vancouver public relations specialist and occasional radio and television political commentator, became a director and vice-president of corporate communications.
Her arrival was the first hint that Dion [recently sentenced by a New York judge to 4 years for securities fraud] was working behind the scenes. Two years earlier, Mills had held a similar position with the World Bingo League Co. Inc. (a.k.a. World Entertainment Corp. and World Mobile Network Corp.), which featured Dion as president and controlling shareholder.
World Bingo was a disaster for investors. As detailed in my column last Saturday, Dion told prospective investors that, within three years, the company’s online bingo games would generate $54 million in revenues and $17 million in net profits. In fact, the company didn’t generate a cent of revenues.
In June 2007, Mills announced “the upcoming launch” of Veridigm’s newly developed game, Megaz Bucks, which she described as “the largest progressive jackpot game ever to be offered on the Internet.”
Not mentioned was the fact that the domain name, MegazBucks.com, had been registered the previous month by Kerrie Naples, who is Dion’s daughter.
On July 12, 2007, Mills announced the official launch of the Megaz Bucks game, with a “progressive jackpot that would begin at $5 million and grow from there.”
…In September 2007, Veridigm announced a master licensing agreement with Cannes Games. According to Mills, the agreement would enable Veridigm “to further position itself as a leading international provider of progressive online gaming software.” No further details were provided
Mills also announced the company would move its head office from Vancouver to Dublin, which she described as “a leading city in the online gaming software and entertainment industry.”
Mills said about 35 Veridigm staff would relocate to Dublin from Vancouver. “Our plan is take on an additional 25 to 30 people with software skills and see us eventually employing over 100 people,” she said. (There is no indication in any of Veridigm’s public filings that the company had anywhere near 35 employees.)
All these boosterish announcements were difficult to reconcile with the company’s financial statements, which showed the company failed to generate a single cent of revenue during the year ending Dec. 31, 2007.
Furthermore, the company had no capacity to generate any revenue. As of Dec. 31, 2007, it had zero cash and its total assets consisted of office equipment valued at $3,471.
So what happened to the $4.5-million financing that the company had announced in March 2007? Mills confessed in a news release in December 2007 -some nine months after the fact -that the financing never happened.
She also admitted the company never consummated the deal with Dimensions Inc., which was supposed to provide access to a gaming platform that generated $125 million annually in betting revenue. Ditto for the deal with Cannes Games. In February 2008, the company announced it had removed Mills as a senior officer and director. By that time, the stock -which traded as high as 22 cents in June 2007 -had sunk to two cents…