Parties 'should pay city back'

6th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

6 July 2005, AMSTERDAM – The CDA, VVD, Leefbaar Amsterdam and Mokum Mobiel must pay back municipal funds they spent inappropriately, Professor D Elzinga concluded in a report commissioned by the city of Amsterdam. Elzinga also said the city should revise its rules for financial support to political parties to prevent embarrassing differences in the future about whether expenditures are justified.

6 July 2005

AMSTERDAM – The CDA, VVD, Leefbaar Amsterdam and Mokum Mobiel must pay back municipal funds they spent inappropriately, Professor D Elzinga concluded in a report commissioned by the city of Amsterdam.  Elzinga also said the city should revise its rules for financial support to political parties to prevent embarrassing differences in the future about whether expenditures are justified.

The city council will address the report’s findings next week. It will determine whether to adopt Elzinga’s proposed framework for new rules on party funding and decide how much money the parties must pay back.

Mayor Job Cohen said the inappropriately spent funds must be returned before next year’s city council election.

A commotion arose after the municipal accounting service Acam published a study that outlined the nine political parties’ expenditures in 2002 and 2003.  Acam concluded that some parties had been too free with their subsidies and there was too much confusion around what kinds of expenditures were permissible. One-man party Mokum Mobiel must return money spent on political work done during employment hours, telephone expenses, and payments for which it cannot show receipts.

Leefbaar Amsterdam must return money spent on drinks and meals, local transport and legal costs.

The VVD and CDA misspent funds on payments to party members and chairpersons, according to Elzinga. VVD councilman Huffnagel stepped down in response to the controversy.

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