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Corruption watchdog uncovers illegal donations made to political parties; UGF at the very top

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn 2016, two political parties had received illegal donations worth EUR 33,223. The Union of Greens and Farmers received EUR 17,883 of this amount, as concluded by Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau.

The bureau has concluded its review of donations political parties in Latvia had received from members and supporters in 2016.

Based on conclusions made in inspections, CPCB has made a total of three decisions on enforcement of donations worth EUR 33,224 to the state budget. Rīcības partija will have to pay EUR 15,340, and UGF – EUR 17,883. The latter has already complied with CPCB’s order.

In all recorded cases donation were performed using a source not permitted by law – income a person had not earned in the same period or the previous two years. This is against the Law on Financing of Political Organisations.

At the same time, after checking donation lists of 407 political organisations for 2016, CPCB found other violations of the law – specifically non-compliance with the order in accordance with which parties are supposed to submit such lists. 15 parties have been applied with administrative disciplinary actions and fined EUR 130. These parties include the National Alliance, Latvian Russians Union and the New Conservative Party. All of them have already paid their fines. Unity has been given a verbal warning.

According to information, political parties in Latvia had received a total of 1,087 donations worth EUR 779,953 in 2016. Investigators checked information about membership and entry fees. Parties received a total of EUR 350,005 in 2016.

CPCB also reported that state funding worth EUR 576,980 was provided to six political organizations in 2016: Latvian Association of Regions, National Alliance, To Latvia from The Heart, Unity, Harmony and UGF.

CPCB reminds that after finishing reviews of income and costs declarations from Saeima elections of 2014, officers commenced an administrative violation case in May 2015. As part of this case, Unity was punished for exceeding the allowed limit on donations. After that, Unity was not paid state budget funding worth EUR 35,417 in 2016.


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