Donations to Plaid less than the BNP’s
PLAID Cymru party donations are almost 20 times less than those of the far-right BNP, according to the Electoral Commission.
Data for the second quarter of this year, April 1-June 30, show Plaid pulled in £5,300 from political sympathisers.
The Conservatives received almost £25m over the same period, with the BNP given £100,000.
But Plaid bosses have hit back, saying it is proud the party is not dictated to by “big business and special interests”.
Donations to political parties for the latest published quarter, which include the period of the general election, were the largest ever recorded, at more than £40.1m.
However, the lack of cash flowing into Plaid coffers is startling, with its 8,000 membership contributing a meagre average 66p each over the election period.
Tory party members gave an average of nearly £167, and Labour supporters averaged just under £18 each.
A Plaid Cymru spokeswoman said: “Unlike the London-based parties, Plaid Cymru is funded entirely by smaller donations from members and supporters.
“We are proud to be answerable to those grass roots supporters. We exist to serve the people and communities who form the foundations of our party and are committed to building on this support to make Wales a more socially and economically just country.”
During the same period four parties accepted a total of more than £1.7m from public funds to assist with costs.
The value of outstanding loans to political parties stands at £4,076,8037.