by A swedish kind of death
Tue Dec 12th, 2006 at 02:46:40 PM EST
In a discussion some time ago it was suggested that the might of DKos mainly stems from an ability to direct donations to candidates.
I think it was Colman who asked about the laws concerning political donations. As the laws differ it might be a big or little hassle to try to direct donations. If this is efficient in a european setting is also a good question.
By accident I stumbled upon what the rules are in Sweden.
Right now they are now non-existent. You can give any amount you wish to any party you wish. This does not have to be disclosed, but neither is it an tax-deductible expense in any way. There are discussions on getting some rules in place, and actually all parties but one thinks so. However I do not see things changing any time soon as that one party is Moderaterna, presently holding the prime ministership and mayority in the government.
Donations do not play a big role in Sweden, Moderaterna (close to big business) is the one exception. Political campaigns do not include tv-ads.
So in this debate on changing the rules in Sweden, some news program informed me that four european countries has no rules on donations: Sweden, Switzerland, Malta and a fourth that I have forgotten.
So to start of the Eurotrib investigation into what laws regulates political donations in the EU.
(Countries in order of GDP (PPP) per capita)
Sweden - no rules
Malta - no rules
Now just fill in the blanks, and this will be done in no time at all. Uneven workload? Hey, it is not my fault that your countries has rules...