Vox’s financing remains suspect. Eldiario.es published this Friday a document issued by the party’s treasury, dated May 27, 2019, in which it urgently asks the accounting departments to “regularize all the money” they have from the income derived from the sale of the party’s merchandising. “The income must be made as it is collected, amount less than 299 euros, indicating the date of collection,” stated the email sent.
The figure, 299 euros, is no coincidence. The Organic Law on Financing of Political Parties states in its article 6 that “benefits obtained from promotional activities (…) shall require the identification of the transferor if the transfer of the party’s assets political equivalent or more than 300 euros. .” That is, if the income is small in amount, it is not necessary to specify who contributed that money.
The Court of Accounts has already raised doubts about this atypical income of Vox and requested documentation that proves where, and above all, from whom that money comes. In the document sent to Congress, the court showed that in 2018 and 2019 Vox earned 22,338.45 and 354,089.45 euros, which “basically corresponds to the income from the sale of promotional products and the sale of lottery shares.” These are anonymous cash receipts, most of which amount to less than 300 euros (80% in 2019).
Until now, Vox has not provided documentation to justify this income, considering that it does not have procedures regulating the sale of promotional products or lottery entries. In these figures, “the amount not credited as income from promotional activities amounts to 20,601.04 euros in 2018 and 311,947.05 euros in 2019.”
The Court of Accounts detailed that these more than 330,000 were deposited in ATMs and, although they were registered as promotional activities, “there is uncertainty if part of that income corresponds to donations and not to the sale of products.”
What the institution is looking for is to know if behind these numbers there are possible anonymous donations, something that is completely prohibited by the party law since 2007. “Political parties cannot receive or receive directly or indirectly direct anonymous, finalist or revocable donations,” said. article 5.
Eldiario.es has also accessed another document where there is a heading that shows: “Benefits from anonymous donations of information records. Maximum limit, 299 euros. Account deposit (not transfer). These are benefits from party activities. ” If this is a valid and official document, it is a manifestation of an irregular practice of funding parties, “because it presents donations – which must always be accompanied by the name and ID of the donor – as that they are parties. income from the sale of products, so that the donation is hidden.
In the same circular, according to the same media, instructions are given on how to maintain the income from the “municipal donation piggy bank.” “Once again, as in the case of ‘anonymous donations’, they indicate that they are made in cash and not by transfer and at the maximum of 299 euros,” he explained.