Date: Jun 02, 2015
By: Chung Li-hua / Staff reporter, with CNA
The Control Yuan yesterday released its review of the political donations received by
mayoral candidates in the six special municipalities in the elections in November last year, and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) received the most donations — NT$139.8 million (US$4.52 million), beating his Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) rival Sean Lien (連勝文) by NT$30 million.
The Control Yuan report showed that independent Ko received more than NT$115 million from members of the public, NT$14 million from anonymous donors and NT$8.6 million from private companies.
Lien received about NT$112 million in donations, of which NT$58.8 million came from the private sector, NT$25 million from political parties and NT$27.9 million from the public, the report showed.
According to accounts submitted by his campaign office, Ko spent most of his money on advertising, about NT$64.9 million, followed by NT$33.3 million in salary payments to campaign staff. [FULL STORY]