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FSD2675 Election Funding of Finnish MPs 2011

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  • National Audit Office of Finland

Keywords

Members of Parliament, election campaigns, financing, funding, parliamentary elections

Abstract

The data contain information on the election funding of the Members of the Parliament and Deputy Members elected in 2011. Expenses are itemised into campaign advertising (newspapers, radio, tv, Web, posters, leaflets etc.), planning of advertising, campaign meetings and other expenses. Funding is itemised into candidate's own funds, loans taken and external funding received by the candidate and the support group. External contributions are itemised into those received from private persons, companies, candidate's party, party organisations and other donors. Background variables used are the candidate's name, occupation, electoral district and support group. During the archiving process, information on the candidate's gender and whether they were elected as a Member of Parliament or Deputy Member were added.

The Act on a Candidate's Election Funding obliges Members of Parliament and Deputy Members to declare their total campaign financing as well as the financial value of each contribution and for parliamentary elections, the name of the donor for donations exceeding the value of 1,500 euro. Previously, the Ministry of Justice monitored the election funding, but as of 2009 the monitoring has been the responsibility of National Audit Office of Finland.

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