General Election Spending and Donations Report 2016

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Press Release - Report on Dáil General Election 2016 - Standards in Public Office Commission
Election expenses of €8.39 million were disclosed by candidates and political parties at the 2016 general election, a decrease of almost 10% on the €11.08 million figure reported for the 2011 election.
In 2016, 321 candidates qualified for reimbursement of election expenses and the total certified for payment to date is €2,701,454.71.

The Standards Commission has referred 66 files to the Gardaí in relation to possible contraventions of the Act at the Dáil election, including failures to return donation statements, certificates of monetary donations, statutory declarations, statements from a financial institution, or election expenses statements.
Dáil General Election 26 February 2016 - Standards in Public Office Commission

Donations with a total value of €112,320.38 were disclosed by 102 unsuccessful candidates (equivalent figure in 2011 was €285,618). Disclosure of Donations by unsuccessful candidates - Standards in Public Office Commission

http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Election-Reports/Dáil-General-Election-26-February-2016/Donations-disclosed-by-unsuccessful-candidates-by-political-party.xlsx

66 referred to Gardai for no or incomplete documents

Table 2 shows the 23 people who failed to provide any documentation to the Standards Commission and were referred to the Gardaí.

Table 3 shows the 43 people who failed to provide the required documentation listed or have not provided clarification or further details as requested by the Standards Commission and were referred to the Gardaí.
PartyTotal value of all expenditure
AAA/PBP266,942
Catholic Democrats3,498
Communist Party of Ireland8,800
Direct Democracy Ireland28,505
Fianna Fáil (FF)1,687,916
Fine Gael (FG)2,768,881
Fís Nua (FN)0
Independents 4 Change51,669
Irish Democratic Party0
South Kerry Independent Alliance0
Non Party (NP)1,201,601
Renua Ireland28,6230
Sinn Féin (SF)650,190
Social Democrats19,0586
The Green Party (GP)146,792
The Labour Party (Lab)1,083,718
The Workers' Party (WP)19,002
TOTAL8,394,832


Breakdown of national spending by political party Election spending by candidates and political parties - Standards in Public Office Commission
PartyAdvertisingPublicityPostersOther
Material
Office and
Stationery
Transport and TravelMarket
Research
Campaign
Workers
Total
AAA/PBP307.51294.63376.3501950005173.45
Catholic Democrats000000000
Communist Party of Ireland0070035000100004300
Fianna Fáil27393.6647105.16145891.0247064.1748763.8810302.8903750330270.78
Fine Gael44048023219413655618332470435874252747927151213602
Renua Ireland3086.9116739.54375.1530.691458.5003156.1624846.95
Sinn Féin18253.823721.515885.56936.356911.24167500068458.41
Social Democrats018409.491623.623717.092065561.69206.5046583.37
The Green Party01528.804103.48379.87253.86006266.01
The Labour Party212705.6444038.1112136.9146434.0826572.8635651.3916106.6712233505878.65
TOTAL702227.5365031.2416544.5150117.991050.3599493.83269060.2111854.22205379.62
NameExpenditure amount
North East Pylon Pressure Campaign0.00
Pro Life Campaign40,311.03
Independent Alliance552.30
Appendix 5 - Other Persons Election Expenses Statements - Standards in Public Office Commission

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Suggested amendments to the legislation - Standards in Public Office Commission

Standards in Public Office concerned about frontloading of elections expenses before an election is called and have repeatedly asked for this to be extending so spending 2 to 3 months before elections is recorded and declared.
  1. The Commission is concerned that "front-loading" of campaign expenditure undermines the effectiveness of the expenditure limits and may create the perception that accounting for expenditure at elections is little more than a paper exercise. The Standards Commission considers that expenditure on goods, property or services used for electoral purposes in the 2 to 3 months leading up to a formal election call could reasonably be construed as intended to elicit support at the election for a candidate or political party and should beincluded in the reporting of expenses.

Summary


  • Fine Gael was the biggest election spender €2,768,881.50 (39% more than the next highest party Fianna Fáil with €1,687,916.29)
  • Overall spend in general elections continues to fall. It was down 9.5% from 2011 to €8,394,832.89
  • Overall donations declared by candidates continue to fall. Declared donations were down approximately 66% since 2011 to €112,320.38 from €285,618. (They were down approximately 46% from 2007 where the total was €531,380)
  • Over €2.6m has been reimbursed to qualified candidates
  • The Constituency with the biggest Election Agent spend was Tipperary (€263,133.33)
  • The Constituency with the biggest National Agent spend was Roscommon Galway (€32,806.01)
  • The Constituency with the biggest combined spend was Tipperary (€283,071.95)
Appendix 1 - Tables - Standards in Public Office Commission

more in the appendixes

Fianna Fail spent 1.7m in 2007, 2m in 2011 and in 1.6m 2016
 
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- in other words the Political Establishment has found new ways to circumnavigate declaring the amounts donated to them

- to fund their political activities...
 

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FG and Labour spent a combined €100,000 on "Campaign Workers"................Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
 

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Labour didn't get any bang for that buck.
 

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Labour-Stickie "SF/IRA" spent a whopping €1,083,718 to get 7 candidates elected !
c. €150,000 per successful candidate !!
LOL !!!!!!!!!

where did they get the €1,083,718 ??
 

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PartyTotal expenditureFPVFPV per Euro
Communist Party of Ireland8800185€47.57
The Labour Party (Lab)1083718.38140898€7.69
Renua Ireland286230.0446552€6.15
The Workers' Party (WP)19002.923242€5.86
Fine Gael (FG)2768881.5544140€5.09
Non Party (NP)1201601.33249285€4.82
Direct Democracy Ireland28505.286481€4.40
Fianna Fáil (FF)1687916.29519356€3.25
AAA/PBP266942.4884168€3.17
Social Democrats190586.9364094€2.97
The Green Party (GP)146792.2757999€2.53
Sinn Féin (SF)650190.38295319€2.20
Catholic Democrats3498.912013€1.74
Independents 4 Change51669.1831365€1.65
Fís Nua (FN)01224€0.00
Irish Democratic Party0971€0.00
TOTAL8394832.892136405€3.93

http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Election-Reports/Dáil-General-Election-26-February-2016/Election-spending-by-candidates-and-political-parties.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election,_2016
 
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Labour-Stickie "SF/IRA" spent a whopping €1,083,718 to get 7 candidates elected !
c. €150,000 per successful candidate !!
LOL !!!!!!!!!

where did they get the €1,083,718 ??
how much did they spend to loose seats, the trousering party lost a few quid to loose seats
 

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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil spent thousands of euro targeting voters with Facebook ads
According the Standards in Public Office report, Fianna Fáil spent nearly €24,000 on Facebook advertising.
Fine Gael also targeted voters online, with expenditure costings listing two large spends on social media advertising of €42,468 and €93,515.
The party also spent €6,521 on Twitter advertising.
The Labour Party spent €17,670.59

a reminder of Fine Gael's negative campaigning http://www.newstalk.com/reader/47.1252/65621/0/

renua spent 10k on facebooks ads http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Election-Reports/Dáil-General-Election-26-February-2016/Renua-Ireland-NA-EES.pdf an 800 on an ad in the Irish Field equine mag


greens spent 3k nationally on social media http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Election-Reports/Dáil-General-Election-26-February-2016/The-Green-Party-NA-EES.pdf
 
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im a bit confused about the 'assignment' of money from-to a candidate from-to a party

or perhaps this article is adding to my confusion General Election 2016 cost over €260k to stage in Longford-Westmeath - Longford Leader

why does it say statutory limit in the graphic? what is the significance of 15k being assigned to Robert Troy if as it seems they didn't spend anything on him?
Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy was the biggest spender, courtesy of a €20,000 investment, some €5,000 more than the €15,060 limit which was assigned to party spending.
huh?

the records for FF http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Election-Reports/Dáil-General-Election-26-February-2016/Fianna-Fáil-NA-EES.pdf

he is not bought posters by the party like other candidatess are

1.2 Assignment of a portion of a candidate's statutory spending limit to his/her political party
http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Guidelines/Election-Guidelines/General-Election-Guidelines-for-2016/Candidates-and-Election-Agents/Chapter-1-Candidates.html

If a candidate is contesting the election on behalf of a political party he/she must agree, in writing, with the party, the amount of the candidate's spending limit which the candidate is assigning to the party The candidate is not legally required to make any assignment to the party. If, however, an assignment is made by a candidate to the party, the spending limit of the candidate's own election agent is reduced by that amount. The national agent of the candidate's political party can, out of the amount which has been assigned by the candidate to the party, incur expenses or make payments on behalf of the candidate or on the party’s national campaign​


http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Election-Reports/Dáil-General-Election-26-February-2016/EES-Candidates-T-Z.pdf Troy from pg 66

CandidateConstituency
Spending Limit
EA/Candidate
expenditure
in constituency
National Agent/
Party expenditure
on candidate in constituency
Total Expenses incurred
Mr. Robert Troy€37,650.00 €20,009.74 €0.00 €20,009.74
 
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Reported expenditure met from public funds

Appendix 1 - Tables - Standards in Public Office Commission

this list usually includes TDs who use their offices to campaign from, and they have reimburse the costs, that may include printed letters/leaflets like here with former Senator Averil Power http://www.politics.ie/forum/elections/233632-dublin-bay-north-whas-da-story-52.html#post10859221

but I spotted a unfamiliar name Siobhan Ambrose, who is an FF councilllor https://www.fiannafail.ie/people/cllr-siobhan-ambrose/
Reported expenditure met
from public funds

TipperaryMs Siobhán Ambrose€4,700.00
her expenses statement list two invoices for 'Munster Advertising' under Posters and under Other Election material in the from public funds section
http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Election-Reports/Dáil-General-Election-26-February-2016/EES-Candidates-A-B.pdf see page 52/53

what was that? did she use her councillors expenses to advertise herself as councillor and candidate, and pay it back later

something to do with roadside electronic displays http://www.munsteradvertising.com/
or maybe to do with these posters https://twitter.com/Siobhan_Ambrose/status/699896590207709184
whats the story here?

she declared small donations she wasn't required to http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Election-Reports/Dáil-General-Election-26-February-2016/DS-Unsuccessful-Candidates-A-B.pdf

Aisling O'Neill a Meath East Social Democrats candidate also list spending originally from public funds http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/Election-Reports/Dáil-General-Election-26-February-2016/O'Mahony to O'Sullivan .pdf pg 47 Echo newspapers €184

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