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Anti-Islam party PVV vows to resist plans for funding transparency

Wednesday 25 January 2012

MPs are overwhelmingly in favour of new legislation to increase transparency in political party funding, but the PVV wants to keep its donations secret, website nu.nl reports.

The draft legislation will be debated on Wednesday and Thursday and will require parties to publish the identities of donors giving over €4,500, nu.nl says.

PVV parliamentarian Hero Brinkman says the measure is 'anti-PVV'.


'Say Henk and Ingrid [the architypal PVV voter] win the lottery and want to give Geert [Wilders] €5,000. Then everyone can see where they live on the internet and we know what happens to PVV voters,' Brinkman said.

Because the PVV has no members, it does not receive government subsidies to run the campaigning side of its operation and relies instead on donations. The parliamentary party is fully funded by the state.

The PVV is thought to generate significant funding from Israeli and far-right supporters in the US.


The Labour party has suggested placing a €50,000 ceiling on donations and a ban on donations from abroad. 'We don't want any influence, or the appearance of influence, from Arabs or multinationals,' MP Pierre Heijnen is quoted as saying by nu.nl.

But the CDA says this is nonsense. 'If Al-Qaeda opened an office in The Hague, you could donate to them, but Bert Koenders [former minister now living in Ivory Coast] could not,' CDA MP Ger Koopmans pointed out.

The VVD rejects Labour's call for a maximum donation. 'The aim is to allow voters to decide if there is a conflict of interest or buying influence,' said MP Joost Taverne. 'The only way to do that is to be fully open with the accounts.'

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Readers' comments (14)

normal anti-conflict of interest funding transparency is anti-PVV? not a surprise.

By Bill | January 25, 2012 9:24 AM

Strange though it may seem, PVV is not a political party, so has no need to publish donations even if this bill became law. PVV is a movement, without elected members. As long as they declare funding to the tax department, they are within the law, and need publish nothing. Mind you it would make tantalising reading.

By jaycee | January 25, 2012 9:44 AM

Brinkman is talking BS. Now he argues that PVV voters will be endangered by this bill! I have yet to see anything in the news about people being attacked simply because they support the PVV.
When all other parties are willing to publish, I get suspicious of those who refuse.
Do they have something to hide?

By Donaugh | January 25, 2012 9:46 AM

Come on Wilders, what have you got to hide?

By @CluthaDubh | January 25, 2012 11:03 AM

What has the PVV got to be afraid of unless they are doing things that are unlawful & unethical.

By Roger | January 25, 2012 12:16 PM

Does the PVV think that Henk and Ingrid are:

1) too cowardly to defend their principles?
2) too ashamed to hold their priciples?
3) too stupid to donate 501 euros less and avoid disclosure?

By bunny | January 25, 2012 2:09 PM

If the majority vote for this (& I hope they do) then the PVV must comply! Right?
@ Jaycee: Whether they are a political party or a movement is just semantics.
They sit in parliament representing Dutch voters. They should be subject to the same rules as all MPs.

By Donaugh | January 25, 2012 2:26 PM

PVV voters to be attacked that is nonsense, at least as an earlier comment mentioned we haven't heard anything of the such.(good excuse PVV,as always you have something ready)
But it is obvious that there is some shadiness in the funding of PVV, I would not be surprised if Israel and far right supporters from the US as mentioned in the article are funding them heavily for a an agenda that Wilders and his team are paid to execute. How can the Dutch allow such foreign influence in their local politics.

By An arab | January 25, 2012 5:11 PM

"The PVV is thought to generate significant funding from Israeli and far-right supporters in the US."

Happy to learn that PVV is actually supporting a tsunami of foreign influence!

Would Henk & Ingrid really feel foreign forces should be able to stealthily buy political influence in their country that they want to protect so much?

By Martin | January 26, 2012 1:04 AM

I wish the EU would do that.

By BrianVanR | January 26, 2012 5:07 AM

Well, I guess PVV will blackmail the so called alliance into not voting this law so they will support some other initiatives

By expat | January 26, 2012 10:51 AM

"But the CDA says this is nonsense. 'If Al-Qaeda opened an office in The Hague, you could donate to them, but Bert Koenders [former minister now living in Ivory Coast] could not"
- Another CDA BS - Al-Quaeda is not a part of Dutch political system, so it's an incorrect example. 'Donations from abroad' could be expanded into 'non-Dutch entities' to solve that.

It looks like some politicians are keen on keeping their funding activities secret, go figure!

By Vlad | January 26, 2012 11:55 AM

All governments including EU headquarters should have total transparancy, after all it is our money they are spending and taking in expenses and party support, this should be made law all over.

By AndyT | January 26, 2012 5:48 PM

It's not a secret that the PVV receives funding from right wing groups in the US and Israel.They have come out openly saying so for all who want to hear.It's also why Geert Wilders regularly goes and lectures in these countries.But it's a fact many PVV voters do not want to shout they donate to the PVV.For all kinds of reasons.

By Roland | January 27, 2012 11:44 AM

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