Phil Hogan has killed any new party at birth
New rules on fundraising could come at a cost to democracy
Published 02/02/2014 | 02:30
Although not exactly a priority – bags of Refreshers and Stinger bars to hand out are a luxury a well-funded campaign can afford.
Lucinda Creighton's campaign in the 2007 General Election when she was elected as a Fine Gael TD for the first time, spent €280 on sweets.
It was part of a total spend of almost €31,000 over the course of the four-week campaign, along with the predictable costs of posters, leaflets, canvass cards, cable ties, stickers, postage and stationery.