Date: Sep 18, 2015
By: Su Feng-ho and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文)
campaign office yesterday publicized its campaign finances, vowing to keep all sources of its contributions transparent and reject big corporate donors.
Tsai’s campaign chief executive officer Lin Hsi-yao (林錫耀) told a news conference in Taipei that the campaign does not accept contributions from conglomerates’ donors, adding that Tsai’s campaign has so far received NT$75 million (US$2.3 million) in donations, of which NT$48 million came from small contributions.
Lin said that the office has recorded and made available all contributions prior to last month to keep Tsai’s promise of transparency, and that the 18 local campaign offices nationwide would regularly update information about donations.
Lin said Tsai’s last presidential campaign in 2012 would have had to “hang up its cooking pots” if not for the piggy-bank initiative, which he said raised NT$ 200 million — referring to piggy banks the campaign doled out to individual supporters to collect contributions. [FULL STORY]