Political party funding: minister sets up advisory committee

The home affairs ministry is setting up a special commission to advise minister Ronald Plasterk on the effect of legislation designed to make political party funding more transparent.

Last year a new law came into effect making it compulsory for political parties to publish the identities of people donating more than €4,500. All donations of over €1,000 also have to be registered.

The commission will be headed by former home affairs minister Liesbeth Spies. Its tasks include advising the minister on exceptions to the rule, such as how to deal with donors who do not want to be known for safety reasons. It will also look at the status of fund-raising organisations which currently do not fall under the legislation.

The anti-Islam PVV is fiercely opposed to the new rules, arguing its supporters want to remain anonymous. The PVV is thought to generate significant funding from Israeli and far-right supporters in the US.

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.

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