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Tsai fundraising dinner under scrutiny

Tsai fundraising dinner under scrutiny

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The judiciary could prepare to investigate private donations to the campaign of Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen, reports said Wednesday.
The opposition party accused the MOJ of following an agenda set by the ruling Kuomintang.
At the origin of the potential investigation was a Tsai fundraising dinner in Tainan on September 12. A guest reportedly showed journalists a coupon he had bought to attend the event.
As a result, KMT politicians accused the opposition candidate of being involved in vote buying and other illegal campaign practices.
Deputy Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang said the law did not specify whether a fundraising dinner had to be public or not, but every donation had to be reported. If a donor used a false name or the name of a third person, he could be subject of an investigation by the Control Yuan in connection with the Political Donation Act, Chen said.
As to whether the dinner amounted to vote buying, it would have to be proven that the event changed the voting intentions of a citizen, the official said.
The DPP said Chen was playing along with KMT demands because there was no evidence at all for vote buying at the Tsai dinner. The campaign headquarters would report each donation to the Control Yuan according to the law, the spokesman said, emphasizing that the opposition was only accepting limited donations from individuals and no large amounts of funding from corporations. In addition, the DPP did not have any party-run enterprises, the spokesman said.
The MOJ could not say that prosecutors would investigate a so-called case if there was no evidence pushing it to do so, the DPP said.


Updated : 2021-02-26 23:58 GMT+08:00