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State funding of political parties and independent member and the parliamentary activities Reports 2015

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State funding of political parties and independent member and the parliamentary activities Reports 2015

http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/About-Us/News/Press-Releases/2016-Press-Releases/State-funding-of-political-parties-and-independent-members-under-the-electoral-legislation-political-parties-only-and-the-parliamentary-activities-allowance-legislation.html
State funding of political parties and independent members under the electoral legislation (political parties only) and the parliamentary activities allowance legislation

June 2016
Political parties received €12.286 million in state funding for 2015, according to figures released today by the Standards Commission. The money was paid to the parties under the Electoral Act 1997, as amended, and under the Parliamentary Activities Allowance legislation. Independent Members of Dáil Éireann received €561,728 and Independent Members of Seanad Éireann received €252,540 under the Parliamentary Activities Allowance legislation. The Standards Commission does not have a role in the allocation of this funding, but it has a supervisory role in relation to the spending of the funds.
Funding under the Electoral Act 1997, as amended.
Four parties (Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and The Labour Party) received funding of
€5.456 million under the electoral legislation in 2015 - see the table below for a breakdown. The funding is not subject to income tax and may not be used for electoral or referendum purposes.
Details of the funding and how it was spent are contained in the report published today by the Standards Commission. This report is available on www.sipo.ie.
Funding under the Parliamentary Activities Allowance legislation.
The total funding made available in 2015 to the Parliamentary Party Leaders of the eight qualifying parties (Anti-Austerity Alliance, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, People before Profit Alliance, Anti-Austerity Alliance/People before Profit, Sinn Féin, Stop the Water Tax – Socialist Party and The Labour Party) amounted to €6.830 million - see the table below for a breakdown. The funding made available to non-party members of the Dáil during 2015 amounted to a total of €561,728. The funding made available to non-party members of the Seanad during 2015 amounted to a total of €252,540.
Details of the funding and how it was spent are contained in the report published today by the Standards Commission. This report is available on www.sipo.ie.
The Statements of Expenditure and Auditors' Reports furnished to the Standards Commission in respect of both headings may be inspected and copied by members of the public at its offices at 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. The information is also available on the Commission's website (www.sipo.ie).
Amounts received by qualified political parties for 2015
under the Electoral Act 1997, as amended
PartyFianna FáilFine GaelSinn FéinThe Labour PartyTotal
€000€000€000€000€000
Funding received for 2015 under Electoral Act 1997, as amended1,1682,2817201,2875,456
Amounts received by Parliamentary Leaders of qualified political parties for 2015
under Parliamentary Activities Allowance
PartyAmount received for 2015
€000
Anti-Austerity Alliance48
Fianna Fáil1,539
Fine Gael2,394
People before Profit Alliance86
Anti-Austerity Alliance/ People before Profit64
Sinn Féin976
Stop the Water Tax – Socialist Party132
The Labour Party1,591
Total6,830
Standards in Public Office Commission
AAA and PBP listed twice presume pre and post merger and SP too

a lot to digest here gives us a minute
 


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There has to be state funding because otherwise lobbyists take even more control.
 

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It would be nice if the voters could decide how to split funding. Everyone could get 2 ballots. On the second ballot, they could indicate which party they want their share of the funds to go (including a none option).

The problem with the current system is that it adds to the advantage that the current parties have. It is hard for a new party to compete with a party that is funded by the state.
 

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It would be nice if the voters could decide how to split funding. Everyone could get 2 ballots. On the second ballot, they could indicate which party they want their share of the funds to go (including a none option).

The problem with the current system is that it adds to the advantage that the current parties have. It is hard for a new party to compete with a party that is funded by the state.
erm so vote for one party and give funding to another?
 

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There has to be state funding because otherwise lobbyists take even more control.
There should only be state funding then plutocrats would have to convince with their arguments rather then their help with house decorations and brown envelopes etc.
That said the current system seems unsatisfactory.
 

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Appendix - Standards in Public Office Commission
Appendix

Table 1
Details of funding available to the Parliamentary Leaders of Qualified Political Parties under the Parliamentary Activities Allowance during 2015
FundingTotal received for 2015Brought forward from 2014Total available for 2015Total expenditure 2015Balance carried forward to 2016
Anti-Austerity Alliance48,2768,93957,21532,29724,918*
Fianna Fáil1,538,41540,0081,578,4231,578,423Nil
Fine Gael2,394,394889,0333,283,4272,564,164719,263
People before Profit Alliance85,82436,240122,06493,13728,927*
AAA/PBP64,36853,845**118,21386,51831,695
Sinn Féin975,91939,6861,015,605935,55580,050
Stop the Water Tax – Socialist Party132,09230,609162,701159,1013,600
The Labour Party1,590,7701,741,9703,332,7401,934,4561,398,284
Total6,830,0582,840,3309,670,3887,383,6512,286,737
*Carried forward to AAA/PBP (Anti Austerity Alliance/People before Profit) at end of August
**Brought forward from AAA and PBPA at end of August

Table 2
Breakdown by category and by political party of expenditure of the allowance in 2015
AAAFianna FáilFine GaelPBPAAAA/PBPASinn FéinS the WT SPThe Labour Party
a6,1621,483,507119,48167,72952,948629,20542,4091,490,350
bNilNilNilNil1,800NilNilNil
cNil6,658NilNilNil38,9591,203262,475
dNilNil251,425NilNil172,29820,450181,631
eNil39,437178,604NilNilNil861Nil
fNilNil205,611NilNilNilNilNil
gNilNil1,809,043NilNil95,093NilNil
hNil30,000NilNilNilNilNilNil
i25,509NilNil17,60122,387Nil93,012Nil
j62618,821Nil7,8079,124Nil1,166Nil
kNilNilNilNil259NilNilNil
Total32,2971,578,4232,564,16493,137 86,518935,555159,1011,934,456
S the WT SP = Stop the Water Tax - Socialist Party
Categories of expenditure
(a) the general administration of the parliamentary activities of a qualifying party,
(b) the provision of technical or specialist advice likely to be required in connection with legislative proposals or potential parliamentary initiatives,
(c) research and training,
(d) policy formulation,
(e) the provision of consultant services, including the engagement of public relations services,
(f) polling or public attitude sampling in connection with parliamentary debates or initiatives,
(g) the purchase of support services for a parliamentary party from the party,
(h) the payment to a parliamentary leader of any salary or honorarium in respect of duties arising from his or her activities as such leader as distinct from those of a member of Dáil Éireann or a holder of a Ministerial office,
(i) the payment to another person of any salary or honorarium in respect of duties arising from the person's activities in a parliamentary party,
(j) the provision for, or recoupment of, transport and personal expenditure incurred by a parliamentary leader, officers or a parliamentary party spokesperson as a result of their parliamentary party function and
(k) entertainment.
who is the AAA,PBP,AAAPBA and S the WT SP paying? category (I) usually means party leader pay... could it be staff?

although these categorisations are so broad, did FF not have an Ard Fheis in 2015, its not listed separetely the Labour party spent nothing on polling?, where did Ashbourne Annie come from then? is that listed under research or policy formation? or did it come from their other funds?
 
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Mick Wallace paid his son Fionn 20k to do research, (not the only TD to employ relatives i know) http://www.sipo.gov.ie/en/Reports/State-Financing/Funding-received-under-Parliamentary-Activities-Allowance/2015-Expenditure-of-the-Parliamentary-Activities-Allowance/PAA-returns-2015-TDs-M-Z-.pdf pg 59


ps whats Wallace Calico (meetings) 5k entertainment Calico?

we don't get to see individual party TDs spending :/
wallace spending state funding in his own restaurants
Mick Wallace restaurants for under
but how much would he get to see of it, its going to revenue or bank?
Wallace-owned firm had debts of more than
 

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