Modest spending on European election campaigns in Latvia

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Latvian political parties have so far spent EUR 717,587 on their election campaigns ahead of the European Parliament elections, with Harmony and For Development/For reporting the highest campaign expenditures, according to data from the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau, which keeps track of declared expenditure.

Harmony has so far reported election campaign expenditures of EUR 187,024, For Development/For's election campaign has cost EUR 149,007 thus far, and the Latvian Russian Union's - EUR 99,874. These amounts were approximately the same a week ago.

In the meantime, New Unity's election campaign expenditures have increased twofold over the past week, amounting to EUR 95,591 at the moment. Further down the list is National Alliance - EUR 52,534, the Progressives - EUR 42,621, Union of Greens and Farmers - EUR 42,901, New Conservative Party - EUR 25,665, Latvian Association of Regions - EUR 16,034, KPV LV - EUR 2,008, and Latvian Nationalists - EUR 4,328. Another five parties that will participate in the EP election in Latvia have not yet spent anything on their election campaigns.

Parties and political associations that have submitted their tickets for the EP elections may each spend up to EUR 430,221 on their election campaigns.

As reported, Latvia, which has to elect eight lawmakers to the EU legislature, will hold the European Parliament elections on May 25.

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