Money and politics in Latvia

  • 2003-05-01
  • Daunis Auers
Since the 2002 parliamentary election, many column inches in the Latvian press have been dedicated to the issue of political party financing reform. The reason is quite simple. In the 1998 parliamentary election Latvian parties spent a total of 1.7 million lats (2.7 million euros) but by the 2002 poll this had swelled to a declared 5.3 million lats. However, a joint Soros Foundation-Delna (the Latvian branch of Transparency International) research project monitoring the campaign convincingly argued that the real figure is closer to 6.3 million lats.In comparative terms, this means that Latv...
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