Row over figures stalls political donation reform
9 June 2006, MADRID — A sweeping reform of how political parties has been hit by a row over figures.
9 June 2006
MADRID — A sweeping reform of how political parties has been hit by a row over figures.
Despite being mired in delays, the Socialist administration said it was determined to see the bill become law.
It will give more transparency to political life and end anonymous donations to parties from individuals or companies.
But a war over the exact figures or limits on the lowest amount which will have to be declared has erupted.
Though the ruling Socialist party and the opposition Popular Party (PP) favour the law, smaller parties want the cap on declared donations to be EUR 30,000.
The government proposed a cap of EUR 150,000 and the PP wants one of EUR 90,000.
But the reform must be agreed by all parties because it will affect all parties equally, whatever they get in donations.
Unless they can agree a solution, it may mean the bill suffers the same fate as the last attempt at reform which foundered in 1997.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news