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CY: campaign donations must be returned if Hung drops out

CY: campaign donations must be returned if Hung drops out

CY: campaign donations must be returned

The Control Yuan pointed out Monday that if Kuomintang presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu drops out of her bid for the January 16 election, she will need to cease using the fund generated by political contributions.

Should this be the case, Hung would have to file for a disclosure report on campaign contributions and expenditures, where the remaining balance will be returned to government coffers, according to Control Yuan Secretary-General Fu Meng-jung.

Fu made the comment during a question-and-answer session at the legislature Monday morning, where he responded to KMT Legislator Lu Hsueh-chang regarding whether Hung should return the campaign donations even if she was forced out.

“The laws governing the Political Donations Act clearly stipulate that candidates dropping out of their candidacies must return the remaining donations to the government, and then file a disclosure report within three months,” Fu said.

Last week, the KMT’s Central Standing Committee decided to hold an extraordinary congress to decide on the fate of Hung’s presidential bid, confirming reports it wanted to replace Hung with Chu because of her poor poll ratings.

Asked if Hung would still need to return the remaining balance if she changed her course for a different electoral bid, Fu said she would need to set up a different account should she decide to run for another position, reports said.