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    SIPO Report on Political Parties' Statements of Accounts 2015

    the Standards in Public Office Commission has for the first time made a report based on requested audited statements of accounts from all registered political parties Press Release - Report on Political Parties' Statements of Accounts 2015 - Standards in Public Office Commission

    under the Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Act 2012

    http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2.../en/print.html
    Political Party Account Guidelines - Standards in Public Office Commission

    the report
    2015 Political Parties' Statements of Accounts - Standards in Public Office Commission

    the docs http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Po...f-Accounts.pdf http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Po...f-Accounts.pdf



    Many small irish political parties non-compliant with SIPO requirements, they did not provide audited accounts
    Accounts furnished by political parties - Standards in Public Office Commission
    Table 1 – Compliance of registered political parties.
    Political Party registered pre 2015 in receipt of State funding Compliant status
    Fianna Fáil Fully compliant
    Fine Gael Fully compliant
    Sinn Fein Fully compliant
    The Labour Party Fully compliant
    Political Party registered pre 2015 not in receipt of State funding
    Green Party Fully compliant
    Fis Nua Fully compliant
    Kerry Independence Alliance Fully compliant
    Workers and Unemployed Action Group Fully compliant
    AAA (1Jan – 31 Aug 2015) (note: party ceased to exist in 2015) Queries outstanding
    PBPA (1 Jan – 31 Aug 2015) (note: party ceased to exist in 2015) Queries outstanding
    Catholic Democrats Not compliant
    Communist Party of Ireland Not compliant
    Direct Democracy Ireland Not compliant
    Independents 4 Change Not compliant
    Irish Democratic Party Not compliant
    United Left Not compliant
    The Workers Party Not compliant
    Socialist Party Partly compliant
    Political Party registered in 2015 not in receipt of State funding
    Renua Fully compliant
    Social Democrats Fully compliant
    AAA/PBPA Queries outstanding
    United People Not compliant


    Standards in Public Office Commission say audit requirements for small political parties is excessive/unduly burdensome.

    Recommendations - Standards in Public Office Commission
    This report marks the first time that political parties have been required to furnish statements of accounts to the Commission. Inevitably, issues have arisen that may not have been anticipated when the legislation was being drafted.
    A number of parties are noted in this report as non-compliant with the requirements of the Act and the Guidelines. However, the requirement on all registered political parties to furnish statements of accounts and to have them audited by a public auditor, regardless of the size of the party or the extent of its income and expenditure is, in the Commission’s view, excessive.
    A number of the smaller parties subject to the Act’s obligations reported no income during 2015, while others reported insufficient funds available to have accounts audited. These political parties do not receive any funding from the Exchequer. Given these circumstances, several parties noted that they are aggrieved that the Commission must now report their non- compliance with what they view as overly burdensome provisions of the legislation.
    The Commission agrees that the requirements of the Act are unduly burdensome in these circumstances. The Commission is of the view that placing the same onerous obligations on parties with very little income and expenditure, and that are not in receipt of moneys from the State, is unreasonable.
    The Commission recommends, therefore, that the legislation be reviewed with a view to exempting smaller parties, especially those that receive no funding from the Exchequer under either the electoral or party activities allowance legislation, from the requirement to furnish audited statements of accounts to the Commission. The Commission agrees that the requirement to furnish statements should remain, but that it is unnecessary in these circumstances for the statements to be audited.
    The Commission further notes that the requirements of other legislation to produce statements are not always consistent with one another. It would be useful to reconcile the reporting requirements of all legislation that provide for state funding of political parties for administrative ease and legislative coherence.

    and decided not to order audits of the small parties that did not submit them themselves http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Po...l-parties.html

    how much would an audit cost?

    Socdems auditor cost 2k http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Po...f-Accounts.pdf p233
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    things I notice as I read the 290 pages of statements http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Po...f-Accounts.pdf

    AAA seemed to have spent a lot on "fundraising tshirts" 5K! see page 10


    Fianna Fail
    The Party’s debt at 31st December 2015 stood at €1,509,093 owing primarily to funding
    provided for the Local and European elections in 2014 and expenditure on increasing the
    Party’s activities and staffing levels in the lead-in to General Election 2016
    page 47
    The four
    pillars of the fundraising model comprise, the National Superdraw, the National Collection,
    party membership and party events across the country. In 2015, the Party raised €989,881
    nationally while there was significantly increased fundraising occurring locally with candidates
    and party units.
    In terms of state funding, the Party received €1,167,856 in funding under the Electoral Acts,
    €1,538,415 under the Parliamentary Leaders Allowance and, finally, a staffing allocation from
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    the Houses of the Oireachtas with a total value of €1,276,000 in 2015. None of these funds
    are permitted to be used for elections or referenda, which can only be funded by income
    generated through Party fundraising income streams.
    87k on referendum

    nearly €4 million given to Fianna Fail in 2015 by state to (re) fund party, TDs and staff page 47


    Fine Gael said it spent 7 million in 2015 page 85

    6 million in state funding given to Fine Gael in 2015 by state to (re) fund party, TDs and staff pg 95

    FG raised 850 gross from national draw

    they spent 720k on "research"

    121k on referendum campaign

    195k on website and new media

    FG has 1m on account, with a 161k loan

    general secretary salary 141k

    would it be possible to estimate membership from the amount they collected pg 99


    PBP accounts start page 174

    105k in state funding
    very little fundraising


    SP pg 258
    350k State funding
    70k membership fees
    am I reading those figures right
    6 staff


    Renua
    Short Term Loans - Due within one year 28,500
    Long Term Loans - Due between one and seven years 41,000

    a few thousands due other people inlcuding McKee and Timmins

    'appointed resigned appointed resigned apppointed resigned apppointed resigned' http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Po...f-Accounts.pdf pg 187


    Socdems
    the had a loan of 16k
    The Sunday Independent understands that former Limerick Senator James Heffernan also made a significant personal contribution of €16,000 to the party.
    http://campus.ie/surviving-college/c...cial-democrats
    30k in bank
    Stephen Donnelly was owed 8k at the end of 2015


    Labour

    3.6m in state funding
    subs 167k
    has 3.5m in bank?
    426k on professional services
    88k on referendum
    500 on campaign and elections costs
    300k mortgage loan?


    Sinn Fein

    2.3m state funding
    68 subs
    180k fundraising
    has 54 staff
    25k on referendum
    54k on 1916
    1.4m in bank
    wrote off 66k from Parnell Publications as not recoverable
    owed 75k by republican merchandising


    Green Party page 239

    income 68k
    outgoing 33k
    previous surplus 17k
    deficit 16k

    subs 11k
    donations 33k
    fundraising 25k gross

    44k on premises

    no employees
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostexpectation View Post
    things I notice as I read the 290 pages of statements

    AAA seemed to have spent a lot on "fundraising tshirts" 5K! see page 10
    2006: Building houses to house the people building houses
    2016: Fundraising for Tshirts for the people fundraising in tshirts.

    Ireland is moving to a more cost sustainable approach.

    Mick
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    Fine Gael top the poll when it comes to members fees
    attempts to work membership from fees

    Watchdog: Audits unreasonable for political parties with little cash
    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...sh-438396.html
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    Fis Nua did submit a complaint to the petitions committee about having to produce an audit but did submit audited accounts https://www.kildarestreet.com/commit...audit+party#g6 http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Po...f-Accounts.pdf page 120
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostexpectation View Post
    things I notice as I read the 290 pages of statements http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Po...f-Accounts.pdf

    AAA seemed to have spent a lot on "fundraising tshirts" 5K! see page 10


    Fianna Fail
    page 47


    nearly €4 million given to Fianna Fail in 2015 by state to (re) fund elections, TDs and staff page 47


    Fine Gael said it spent 7 million in 2015 page 85

    6 million in state funding given to Fine Gael in 2015 by state to (re) fund elections, TDs and staff pg 95
    There is no state funding for election campaigns for any party.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKane View Post
    There is no state funding for election campaigns for any party.
    sorry thought those numbers included election expenses refunds
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    Does seem onerous on smaller parties ...possibly needs an income threshold for an audit .....but including all income and possibly a spending threshold too , on not just state income to stop secret funding by vested interests
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    Quote Originally Posted by lostexpectation View Post
    sorry thought those numbers included election expenses refunds
    As it happens those refunds are issued to the candidates directly based on their SIPO returns being in order and their performance in the election, most parties expect the candidates to pass it back to the party if the party actually paid the bills from local party funds.
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    there seems to be little consequence to not even furnishing a statement let alone audited accounts.

    see section 88 Review by Commission. Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Act 2012, Section 42
    Provisions relating to Compliance


    Provisions relating to Compliance - Standards in Public Office Commission
    5.4 Consequence of non-compliance
    In instances where the appropriate officer fails to furnish audited accounts within the statutory timescale, the Commission must -
    · notify the Chairman of Dáil Éireann and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and
    · publish details of the non-compliance on its website.
    The legislation provides that no payments, under section 19 or the Act, shall be made in any year unless and until -
    · an annual statement of accounts and a copy of the related auditor’s report is furnished in accordance with section 87 of the Act to the Commission, and
    · the Commission has notified the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform that it is satisfied that the accounts comply with the Act and its guidelines issued under the Act.
    when candidates are late with election expenses declarations SIPO usually gives the candidate extra time and then refers them to the gardai, doesn't look like they have the power to do that re accounts.
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