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Where did my referendum money go?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 at 1:17 pm Written by:

Because the political process in the UK is funded by donations, people must learn to donate money to political campaigns the believe in, or they get what’s coming — a political process entirely owned by moneyed interests who find they can buy it out for chump change.

So I donated £50 to the Yes to AV referendum campaign at the beginning of the year (largely selected and funded by the Joseph Roundtree Foundation), only to find that they were the most useless bunch of wankers one could ever be stuck with. It was so bad it seriously looked like sabotage. Meanwhile, the No Campaign could pump out more and more lies to its heart’s content, knowing there was no opposition.

Trying to get any idea what the Yes “Campaign” was on about was like talking to a brick wall. There were rumours of their awesome decisions, like not taking any advantage of the free leaflet mailshot and blowing their whole roll on a telephone cold calling system, but today, with the financial disclosures, we have the first peak into what went on.

First, there is this clue from the Final Report by the electoral commission in October.

There was nothing more detailed, so I sent an email yesterday:

I note that on the referendum expenditure page:
http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/party-finance/party-finance-analysis/referendum-expenditure/2011-parliamentary-voting-system-referendum
Several entries have no data, but instead state: “Over £250,000 – return due by 5 November 2011”

Any chance this data will be made available shortly?

I’m interested in finding out whether Yes in May 2011 Ltd really did blow most of my donation money on an utterly worthless American internet company, and nothing on leaflets.

The result is now up.

There’s lots there, so it’s probably a coincidence.

Here’s a big advance deposit in February for those colour postcards that insulted your intelligence from Electoral Reform Services.

And here’s some money for Blue State Digital, owned by WPP who’s smooth talking Martin Sorrell will persuade you that the economic structure of the world is absolutely fine, so stop beating up on all those rich people.

Patrick Loughran gave them 20 days work at £500/day.

Guess who this invoice is from, at £550/day?

It’s Pam Giddy, of the sank-without-trace Power Inquiry, a sitting director 2000-2011 of the funding body, the JRRT, the forgotten and very costly Power2010 (also funded by JRRT), and a director of the Yes Campaign, drawing down funds from the pot.

Update: Continued on the election leaflets blog

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