The VVD is way ahead of the rest in political donations list

The right-wing VVD has raised over €1.5 million in large donations this year, three times the next party on the list – GroenLinks. 

The list of VVD donations is also up almost seven-fold since the government collapsed and the general election was announced, figures from the official government register show. 

A real estate firm in Rosmalen, an investment company in Oisterwijk and machine rental firm Boels are among those who have made donations to the party – which is traditionally the party of business in the Netherlands. 

According to business magazine Quote, property magnate Cor van Zadelhoff recently organised a fund-raising event for the VVD and donated €50,000 himself. 

GroenLinks’ second place on the list is largely down to the fact that party members in positions of responsibility are expected to donate part of their salaries to the cause. SP politicians do the same. 

D66, which is struggling in the polls, has raised over €500,000 for its election campaign, including a €100,000 donation from Steven van der Heijden, the current chief executive of tour operator Corendon. 

Forum voor Democratie received €50,000 from regular donor and entrepreneur Peter Poot who was embroiled in a legal land battle around Schiphol airport for years

The official register of donations only covers gifts of over €10,000. Six parties had nothing to report – the SGP, DENK, JA21, 50PLUS, BIJ1 and OPNL. 

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