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Feb 10, 2014

Real party donation reform: the city where political finance never sleeps

As the AEC releases political finance data for the year to June 2013, Inside Story's Graeme Orr visits a New York organisation that can teach us a lot about timely transparency.

What would a rational system for financing political parties and elections look like? It would have three facets: 1) timely disclosure of donations, to shine a light on possible graft; 2) limits on gifts to parties and candidates, to stymie wealthy interests buying favours; and 3) modest public funding tied to expenditure limits, to advance fair competition.


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