Source: Sinn Féin
3 August, 2018 – by Francie Molloy
Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy is to meet the Electoral Commission over its decision not to investigate claims in a BBC programme over DUP ‘dark money’ in the Brexit campaign.
The Spotlight programme ‘Brexit, Dark Money and the DUP’ alleged the DUP broke Electoral Commission rules over its links with other pro-Brexit groups and the businesspeople who helped fund them.
Francie Molloy said: “I have asked to meet the Electoral Commission because I believe they need to clarify the reasons behind their decision not to investigate the very serious allegations made in this programme.
“They have said they do not have grounds to open an investigation and made reference to the legislation which bars publishing details of donations to political parties here prior to July 2017.
“That clearly doesn’t indicate that the DUP has been exonerated but rather that the process for investigation is too restrictive.
“There are very serious concerns regarding the ‘dark money’ paid to the DUP during the Brexit campaign. These claims need to be rigorously investigated and if the Electoral Commission are saying they are unable rather than unwilling to do so, then they need to clarify that.”