Transparency in Campaign Spending 2014–2015

Political parties likely spent close to HUF 11 billion on their campaigns in 2014 and 2015 at the parliamentary and municipal elections, as well as on the by-elections held in Veszprém and Tapolca. This was the main finding of the civil campaign monitoring study carried out by Átlátszó, K-Monitor, Political Capital and Transparency International Hungary…

Municipal Government Campaign Corruption Is Also Performing Better Than Transparency

Átlátszó.hu, K-Monitor, Political Capital and Transparency International Hungary looked at how much money was spent by political parties during this year’s municipal election campaign. The civil campaign monitor revealed that taxpayer money was once again not too dear to secure the success of government parties, as Fidesz and its candidates were aided by a billboard…

Campaign Corruption ‘Performs Better’ in Hungary

Transparency International Hungary (TI), K-Monitor and Átlátszó.hu monitored the campaign expenses of political parties for several months. Even the experienced NGOs were shocked by the fact that parliamentary parties have exceeded the spending limit set by the law by HUF 3.5 billion. With the exception of Politics Can Be Different (LMP), every political party and…

New Research Findings of the ‘What Do We Choose’ Project Indicates No Euro, and Hardly Any Economic Growth

A few days before the parliamentary elections on April 6, 2014, Transparency International Hungary (TI) and the Institute for Budgetary Responsibility (KFIB) reviewed the programme of all parties that are currently represented in parliament, and stand a chance of winning mandates in the new elections. KFIB examined the effect of party programmes on the budget,…

Governing Parties Performing Better at Campaigning on Taxpayers’ Money

Transparency International Hungary (TI), K-Monitor and Atlatszo.hu have united their efforts to find out how much parties are spending on their campaigns. At their press conference today, they have introduced the website kepmutatas.hu (Hungarian for hypocrisy), where the public can continuously follow how much each party is paying for their campaign. It is already blatantly…

Sham Parties Could Drain Billions of Forints From Public Money

Political Capital and Transparency International Hungary see a severe risk in the law on campaign financing; therefore they propose to amend Act LXXXVII of 2013. The problem For reasons elaborated below, the act on campaign financing adopted without prior professional consultation is as good as an invitation to establish sham parties. As a result, billions…

Bill on Campaign Financing – Much Ado About Nothing

The bill proposed by MPs about campaign financing does not put campaign financing corruption to an end. Previously, Transparency International Hungary drafted a bill (you can read about it here andhere, in Hungarian) aimed at curbing corruption of campaign financing. Following the initiative of TI, parliamentary parties signed a declaration in April 2012 laying down…

TI Quits Negotiations on Party and Campaign Financing Law

As it was impossible to have representatives of parliamentary parties around the negotiation table since early May and further attempts seem to be destined to failure due to the stance of the parties of the governing coalition, thus the anti-corruption organisation gives up helping the parties in reaching an agreement. On the 4th of April,…

Parliamentary Parties Sign Declaration on Principles of Campaign and Party Financing

All six parties in Hungary’s parliament agreed on the main principles of political party and campaign financing and signed a declaration on Wednesday. The agreement was made during talks initiated by Transparency International Hungary. Signatories to the document agree to pass a law to ensure transparency and accountability in party and campaign financing, during parliament’s…

Corruption Risks In the New Constitution

Transparency International Hungary called the attention to numerous corruption risks in the Bill regarding the new Constitution, on which the Parliament will vote today. The international anti-corruption organisation also resented that the new constitution was prepared with the total ignorance of the Act on Legislation and the Act on Public Participation.„As a result of circumventing…

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