Monday 19 February 2018

Phil Hogan has killed any new party at birth

New rules on fundraising could come at a cost to democracy

Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan
Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan

Group Political Editor Fionnan Sheahan

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.

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