PVV ‘totally opposes’ political donation register plan

The anti-Islam PVV is the only political party which opposes the government’s plans to make all parties go public with political donations of over €1,000, the Volkskrant reports on Frday.

Foundations associated with political parties would also fall under the legislation, which may come into effect from January next year.
Gifts of over €4,500 would be included in a public register while the names of people giving over €1,000 will be included in parties’ annual reports. Parties which fail to comply will be fined up to €25,000.
At the moment, parties have to declare donations of over €4,500 but the PVV is not an official party and has no members. Political parties get government cash depending on the size of their membership.


The PVV does get government help to run its national parliament operation and raises donations through a foundation which will now be covered by the legislation.
The PVV is thought to get much of its money from ultra-conservative, anti-Islam movements in the US and from Israel. Wilders has always refused to confirm or deny where the PVV gets its money from, but said in a text message on Thursday night he remained ‘totally against’ the disclosure plan.
GroenLinks MP Tofik Dibi told the Volkskrant some PVV donors would be embarrassed to have their support for the party made public. The aim of the register is to improve transparency and remove any suspicion of vote-buying, he said.

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