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Jan 6, 2015

P.U.P. Urges for Campaign Finance Reform

Francis Fonseca

One more issue from today’s press conference by the Opposition Leader. The People’s United Party has for some time been clamoring for campaign finance reform.  The motion would compel all political organizations to declare finances going into elections.  This afternoon, P.U.P. leader Francis Fonseca told the media that the line between party coffers and the public purse has been blurred to a point where the U.D.P. is now venturing into uncharted territory.

 

Francis Fonseca, Party Leader, P.U.P.

“As I said earlier, there is cause for concern when it comes to the use of public funds in election campaigns and people will say scorch on both your houses but I think that as a country we have to get beyond that.  We have to think about these issues.  I think it’s a dangerous road we are traveling there, as I have said before there seems to be no line, in my view, between the public treasury and the United Democratic Party treasury.  There seems to be no line.  Election campaigns are run with public funds completely.  On Election Day people are getting letters for scholarships, people di get land papers.  So people will say that’s been happening for a long time and that may be fair but I continue to make the point that we are in unprecedented waters and the scale and level and depth of it is unprecedented, in my view, and I think we all have to take a collective pause and say is this the direction we want to go?  As I said, it has to be a bipartisan approach to these matters.  We will have to stand together and work on this issue together because, you know, the reality is we are in a sense where the U.D.P. was ten years ago or so.  People will remember the great victory of the P.U.P. in 1998, riding high, another great victory in 2003.  People were talking about the death of the U.D.P. and they will never rise again and then they rose to power again in 2008 and now people have been saying the same thing about the P.U.P.”

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1 Response for “P.U.P. Urges for Campaign Finance Reform”

  1. Me says:

    I remember when the UDP was said to be dead. They rose up to power because they got the people on their side when your party was doing foolishness. They really rallied a movement at the time, they had a strategy, they even had spies in your government leaking out information. It seems like Barrow plays CHESS very well. they were making some very bad moves the other day but still managed to corner you in this election again. Normally when one makes a wrong move in the CHESS game, it’s hard to recover. probably you need to practice the chess game some more.

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