From dark and mysterious reader, Ludo Thierry:
This story contains plenty of ghastly ghouls and anti-social behaviour and ‘dark money’ but is only carried on beeb N. Ireland page (not seeing it anywhere on beeb Scotland – yet again – despite the heavy Scottish involvement). Link and snippets below:
DUP’s pro-Brexit advertising money was ‘permissible’
The Electoral Commission has told MPs that it is satisfied that a £435,000 donation to the DUP was permissible under UK law.
Some £425,000 of the money from the Constitutional Research Council (CRC) was spent on pro-Brexit advertising throughout the UK.
The CRC is thought to be a group of pro-union business people chaired by Richard Cook.
Mr Cook is a former vice chairman of the Scottish Conservatives.
The commission’s chief executive, Claire Bassett, and head of regulation, Louise Edwards, gave evidence to the Commons’ Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday as part of the committee’s inquiry into disinformation and fake news.
Ms Edwards told MPs that during the referendum period when the DUP received the controversial donation from the Scottish-based Constitutional Research Council the commission had received quarterly reports from the party about the donations they had received.
Under the rules which applied to donations to Northern Ireland parties at that time, the commission is not allowed to publish the identities of donors.
Questioned by SNP MP Brendan O’Hara about whether the Electoral Commission had done everything it could to check the money which went to the DUP was not of foreign origin and was permissible under UK law, Ms Bassett replied “we were satisfied that the donors were permissible”.
Mr O’Hara questioned the Electoral Commission about allegations made in a recent BBC NI Spotlight programme regarding whether there was a common plan between the DUP and the referendum campaign group, Vote Leave.
Ms Edwards said the Commission had taken the view there was insufficient evidence to warrant an investigation into the matter.
Now, now – move along there – nothing to see here – move along, move along.