by Editor | July 6, 2014 2:02 am
THE GUARDIAN - An obscure private club registered at a stables in the home counties is emerging as a key financial weapon in the Tories’ battle to win the next election, fuelling a growing row over the lack of transparency in political donations.
An investigation for the Observer carried out by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, indicates that the United and Cecil Club is playing a crucial role in funnelling cash from often unidentifiable donors to Tory party constituencies. The club has been used to raise funds for the Tories for several years, but its cash is now being deployed far more strategically ahead of the 2015 election.
Since the last election, the organisation has ploughed almost £285,000 into the constituencies – nearly double the amount it has channelled to Tory party headquarters. In the first quarter of this year alone, the U&C has given almost as much to the Tory party’s local accounting units as it did in the whole of last year – with most of the cash targeted at key swing seats.
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