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    The Standards in Public Office Commission this week published a series of new Guidelines outlining the changes introduced by the Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Act 2012.

    They came into effect on 1 January 2013 and apply to members of, and candidates seeking election to, the Dáil, Seanad, European Parliament and local authorities; to political parties, third parties and candidates at a Presidential election.

    Included in the provisions are:
    -A reduction in the maximum donation that can be accepted by an individual elected representative or candidate from €2,539.47 to €1,000 and by a political party, accounting unit or third party from €6,348.69 to €2,500;
    -The introduction of a ban on accepting corporate donations of more than €200 from a corporate donor unless the donor has registered with the Standards in Public Office Commission and a statement is furnished to the recipient confirming that the donation has been approved by the members, shareholders or trustees of the corporate donor concerned;
    -A reduction in the maximum amount that can be accepted as an anonymous donation from €126.97 to €100. The same reduction also applies to the threshold for opening a political donations account. The definition of a ‘third party’ and ‘accounting unit’ has also changed and these bodies will now be recognised as such upon receipt of a donation that exceeds €100. The previous figure was €126.97;
    -A ban on the acceptance of any cash donation over €200;
    -Where a donation is given through an intermediary, the identity of the person on whose behalf the donation is made will have to be provided to the recipient. It will now be an offence to fail to provide this information.

    Additional information must be included on a donation statement indicating whether the donation was solicited, along with the name of the person soliciting the donation, whether a receipt was given and the date the donation was given and received.

    In November 2013 a provision of the Act will reduce from €5,078.95 to €200 the threshold at which donations must be reported by a company, trade union, society or building society in its annual report or return to the Registrar of Companies or Registrar of Friendly Societies.

    What do yee reckon P.ie, are we cleaning up our act?

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    It looks like it but then again SIPO has been ignored in quite a few cases. It would be interesting to see what punishments SIPO can dish out if their guidelines are ignored though.

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    Political parties have to get their funding from somewhere. If you make it impossible for them to accept donations, then it just pushes everything off the books, and corruption increases.

    I think Transparency of Political Funding is more important than the Size of the Funding.

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    Looks like FG/Lab have achieved far more than the FF vs. Cabbages ever would. But, as Biffo said, a Lot Done, More to Do.

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    so easy to get around.

    All main parties still do churchgate collections - nothing to stop someone putting in a few hundred here and there and it being declared as the proceeds of a few hundred people all putting in €5 !

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    There should be an increase in the auditing of TD's and Senator's expenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacko View Post
    so easy to get around.

    All main parties still do churchgate collections - nothing to stop someone putting in a few hundred here and there and it being declared as the proceeds of a few hundred people all putting in €5 !
    What would be the point of that? How would the donor prove the (s)he had actually given the money? Anyway church gate collections go to the branch locally, not head office so it just doesn't make sense on any level...
    You'll never go broke appealing to the lowest common denominator.

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    and further ensures only wealthy individuals can run for public office......

    a wealthy political class......totally....

    is that healthy/right?...I think not

    and whats next? a politician talking socialism availing of private healthcare in new york?....indeed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by drjimryan2 View Post
    and further ensures only wealthy individuals can run for public office......

    a wealthy political class......totally....

    is that healthy/right?...I think not

    and whats next? a politician talking socialism availing of private healthcare in new york?....indeed...
    Should all donations be banned with subs from members and State funding only to be used by election candidates? Certainly would cut down on the number of posters and leaflets about the place at election time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darach View Post
    There should be an increase in the auditing of TD's and Senator's expenses.
    Yes there should. Will it happen? Not likely.
    At 12 weeks the “clump of cells” toes curl, her mouth makes sucking movements, she has a human face and if you prod the tummy she will move in response

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