Political donations from nine-in-one polls under probe

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 29, 2015
By: Lee Hsin-fang and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Dozens of candidates in last year’s nine-in-one elections are suspected of violating the Political Donations Act (政治獻金法), the Control Yuan said.

The historical Nov. 29 elections were the largest local government polls in the nation’s history, so-named because they elected officials and representatives in nine administrative categories, from county commissioners and special municipality mayors to city councilors and borough wardens.

Control Yuan division director Lin Hui-mei (林惠美) said that preliminary audits revealed that many might have violated Article 7 of the Political Donations Act.

Lin said that Article 7 stipulates that candidates are forbidden from taking donations from “profit-seeking businesses in accumulative deficit not made up according to relevant provisions,” “public enterprises or the civil enterprises in which the government holds not less than 20 percent of the capital,” and “manufacturers that have signed a government procurement contract of a large amount or an investment contract of important public construction and are performing the contract.”     [FULL  STORY]

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