'DUP need to come clean on dark money' - McCallion
The DUP still has serious questions to answer over the ‘dark money’ it received to support the Brexit campaign, Sinn Féin MLA Elisha McCallion has said.
The Foyle Westminster candidate was speaking after a party delegation met the Electoral Commission this morning to discuss its concerns over the £425,000 donated to the DUP by the Constitutional Research Council (CRC).
Elisha McCallion said:
“The CRC is an organisation with no legal status or visible signs of income so questions are rightly being asked about where this money originated.
“After being forced to backtrack on their initial refusal to even reveal the name of the organisation, the DUP are still refusing to identify donors associated with the CRC.
"This follows the revelation that the CRC is chaired by an individual with close links to the Saudia Arabia regime, it’s simply not good enough for the DUP to say there is nothing to see here.
“Clearly there are serious questions to be answered by the DUP. And clearly people have a right to know if such donations motivated the DUP's decision to support Brexit with all its disastrous implications for our economy and communities.
"The Electoral Commission refused to be drawn on individual cases but did confirm that there is an ongoing live investigation into the overall Leave EU campaign.
“If the DUP really don’t have anything to hide then they could resolve the whole controversy quite easily by simply revealing who the donors were.”