The Electoral Commission should launch an investigation into the funding of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party because its donation structure could allow foreign interference in British democracy.
The former Labour Party leader and former PM Gordon Brown has written to the Electoral Commission demanding they investigate The Brexit Party’s “underhand campaign finance” due to the new parties ability to accept donations from PayPal in foreign currencies.
Gordon Brown Explains How to Donate to The Labour Party Using PayPal
In a speech Gordon Brown said “Now we find the Brexit Party that has been formed is not a party, it’s actually a private company. It doesn’t have members, it has shareholders.
They key shareholder, with the controlling interest, is Nigel Farage. And you pay money not to become a member, but to become a supporter, and you pay through PayPal and you cannot discover whether the money is coming from foreign sources or British sources.
Indeed, you can pay to this party in Russian roubles, American dollars, Malaysian ringgit and, of course, probably to his disdain, euros as well, to join that Brexit Party.”
If you aren’t familiar with PayPal, it’s a payment form which allows quick online payments in any currency the user chooses.
I’m a British citizen, born in the UK a few years before we joined the EU and the my money in my PayPal today is in $USD because I tend to get paid by clients in $USD. When I make an online payment via PayPal it’s paid in $USD & is converted on the fly to whatever currency the business I’m buying from accepts.
For example when I paid for a Kwik Fit MOT online via PayPal I paid $36.09 which was converted to £27.00.
If I made a donation to The Brexit Party using PayPal the same $ to £ conversion would occur, it indicates nothing about the person making the donation. All it shows is PayPal is a great way to make online payments in multiple currencies. We live in an international 21st century, NOT Remains Little Britain where only the Pound Sterling is accepted!
The interesting part about this anti Brexit Party story is Gordon Brown forgot to check how the Labour Party accepts small online payments via PayPal in exactly the same way as The Brexit Party does. If it wasn’t so serious politically, it would be hilarious!
Let’s compare a Brexit Party donation to a Labour Party donation
Does Labour and the Brexit Party Accept Small Donations?
- The Brexit Party accepts small donations
- The Labour Party accepts small donations
Does Labour and the Brexit Party accept PayPal donations?
- The Brexit Party accepts PayPal donations
- The Labour Party accepts PayPal donations
Does Labour and the Brexit Party accept PayPal donations in foreign currencies?
- The Brexit Party accepts PayPal donations in foreign currencies
- The Labour Party accepts PayPal donations in foreign currencies
Both the Labour Party and the Brexit Party accept small PayPal donations in foreign currencies, but what does this mean?
Means nothing. Of course there COULD be thousands of Russians funneling dirty money through PayPal to the Labour Party, but it doesn’t mean it’s actually happening.
This is little more than a smear campaign against the Brexit Party days before an important EU Election!
Consider if the Brexit Party wasn’t formed because Brexit was delivered (we left the EU) and a year from now we are in General Election territory. Political opponents against the Labour Party could use the exact same argument Gordon Brown is making against the Brexit Party against the Labour Party.
David Cameron Law