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Sinn Féin Publish Lisbon Referendum Campaign Spend

20 August, 2008

Speaking today from Sinn Féin’s Head Office in Dublin National Chairperson and MEP Mary Lou McDonald outlined the party’s Lisbon Treaty Referendum Campaign spend.

The Dublin MEP said:  

 “Political parties and campaign groups alike should be required to submit a declaration of expenditure to the Standards in Public Office Commission following a referendum campaign.  

“There is a responsibility on all of us who campaigned for and against the Lisbon Treaty to be transparent in how individual campaigns were financed and monies spent.   

“Sinn Féin’s total campaign expenditure for the Lisbon Treaty referendum campaign was €118,907.68. The bulk of this spend was on campaign posters which cost €66,871.10 to produce. In addition the party spent €20,231.70 on media advertising and €27,939.53 on printed materials. 

“The campaign was funded by Sinn Féin centrally, with much of the financial outlay on printed materials repaid by party’s local organisations, a €20,000 contribution from Sinn Féin’s EU parliamentary group GUE/NGL and a public appeal for donations, the largest of which was €650. 

“It is worth noting that the distribution of all the party’s campaign literature was done by party activists and supporters over the course of the campaign. Over half a million leaflets were delivered throughout the state, dozens of public meetings were held and public representatives’ engaged in outreach meetings with various organisations such as trade unions, farming and rural Ireland groups and the development sector. 

“Last week Sinn Féin publishedits annual financial statements for both the north and south. Political parties in the north are required under law to provide a full income and expenditure annual financial statement to the electoral commission.  

“Sinn Fein believes a similar requirement should be in place here in the south with political parties having to submit annual financial statements to the Standards in Public Office Commission. However in the absence of such legislation political parties should publish annual financial statements as Sinn Féin has done making them associable to the public and media. 

“Referendum campaigns should not be treated differently to election campaigns, therefore the same obligation should be in place. Be it a political party or a campaign group transparency in campaign expenditure should be the norm.” ENDS





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