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Ko campaign spent NT$85 million in final 2 months

Ko campaign spent NT$85 million in final 2 months

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Campaign officials for Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said Saturday they spent NT$85.8 million (US$2.71 million) in the final two months of the election campaign.
Ko had promised to make his expenditure public after a dispute with a former campaign aide earlier in the week about the cost of a mass hiking event just before the November 29 election day. Ko, a political independent, had promised to wage a low-cost campaign against his Kuomintang opponent Sean Lien, who belongs to one of the country’s wealthiest political families. He had hoped to spend a maximum of NT$80 million during all of the campaign, but in the end, the total reached NT$130 million (US$4.1 million).
Top campaign officials Yao Li-ming and Lee Ying-yuan presented a breakdown of the figures to the media Saturday in the company of accountant Chou Yin-lai.
Almost half the total spent between October 1 and November 29, or NT$41 million, went to advertising costs, including television spots which cost more than expected, reports said. A total of NT$22.7 million was spent on rallies and meetings, while NT$16 million went to personnel expenditure.
From April 25 up to election day, the campaign received NT$138.7 million (US$4.3 million) in donations from the public, while it spent NT$141 million (US$4.4 million), Yao said. The campaign manager said the difference would be made up by funds it received from the state based on the number of votes Ko had won.
Yao said one television ad cost NT$40 million (US$1.2 million), showing that Ko had made the right decision by not recording any such ads in the early days of the campaign. He denied that the expenses on staff had led to the unexpected rise in spending during the last month, instead blaming the TV campaign.
In the last month of campaigning, between November 1 and 28, 2,572 anonymous donors and 4,409 others donated a total of NT$26.7 million (US$843,000) to the Ko campaign, according to Yao.


Updated : 2021-09-23 17:20 GMT+08:00