About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 20:12 - 19 Oct.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Ruling Party had “Unprecedented” Election Donations - TI Georgia
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 13 Mar.'17 / 17:20

On March 10, Transparency International (TI) Georgia released its report “Electoral Campaign Funding in Georgia” detailing financial expenses and sources of funding for 16 parties and election blocs, which were eligible for the state funding and ran for the MP seats in October 8, 2016 elections. 

The report, covers donations received in pre- and post-election period of June 8 to November 16, 2016.

The party election coffers are made of state-guaranteed funding, which depends on results in the most recent elections, private donations and bank loans. 

The report found that the parties have thus collected a total of 32 million Georgian Lari (GEL) (USD 12.8 million). Out of which GEL 21.31 million (66%) filled the coffers of the ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia (GDDG). Trailing in second place was the main opposition United National Movement (UNM) with GEL 2.8 million (USD 1.12 million). The Alliance of Patriots, a party which narrowly crossed the threshold to seat the MPs was third with GEL 1.7 million (USD 680 000).

TI said the GDDG “revenues exceeded those of the United National Movement seven-fold” and were twice more than those allocated to all other qualified parties combined, making the difference “unprecedented.”

The donations made all the difference, according to the report. In the electoral period, a total of GEL 21.7 million (USD 8.8 million) were donated, from which GEL 19.2 million (86%) went to the ruling GDDG, followed by the Alliance of Patriots with GEL 998 001 (USD 400 829) and UNM trailing third with GEL 972 764 (USD 390 693).

TI Georgia also emphasized that complete financial reporting from the political parties remains a “major challenge.”

“The overwhelming majority of the declarations provided by the political parties are incomplete and inconsistent. In many reports, the parties did not provide information that is required by the law ,” the report says.

Latest News
19 Oct.'17 20:12
CSOs Seek Participation in Public Defender’s Selection Process
The Parliament of Georgia will elect the new Public Defender in November.  
19 Oct.'17 15:26
Georgia Transfers BUK Missile to the Netherlands
The Dutch side requested the missile for criminal investigation over the downing of flight MH17.
19 Oct.'17 13:42
Georgia’s Foreign Trade in January-September 2017
Georgia’s trade turnover in the first nine months of 2017 increased by 12.1%.
18 Oct.'17 18:06
Parliamentary Committees Finalize Initial Discussions on 2018 Draft State Budget
The Government will submit the revised draft to the Parliament no later than November 5.
18 Oct.'17 13:46
Elections 2017: Weekly Digest No. 6
Voters will elect 64 city councils and 64 municipal mayors during the October 21 municipal elections.
18 Oct.'17 11:16
Sokhumi Mulls New Restrictions for Ethnic Georgians
Russian-backed authorities intend to restrict freedom of movement to approx. 4 000 more Gali Georgians.
17 Oct.'17 17:58
Women in Power: Georgia in the Council of Europe Report
The report looks at the political participation of women in the Council of Europe’s 46 member states.
17 Oct.'17 17:11
The Weekly Tripwire - Issue 13
Civil.ge’s news digest covering developments in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.
17 Oct.'17 15:27
Georgia Bids Farewell to Abkhazia Conflict Victims
The remains of 25 persons were recently handed over to their families.
17 Oct.'17 11:50
Lavrov: Moscow Will Respect South Ossetian Sovereignty
Sergey Lavrov spoke at the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
59