Moderates say no to regulate campaign donations

On Saturday, the last day of the Moderate Party’s assembly in Örebro, delegates voted not to reveal the source of campaign donations or expand the board to accommodate a non-European-born member, TT reports.  

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt admitted that it’s important the party reflect the demographics of Sweden, but said, “I do not elect the board, the delegates do, and I cannot make myself accountable for that.”

A debate was sparked when the question of expanding the board to make room for parliamentarian Hanif Bali, 24, from Iran came up. Five MPs in the election committee wanted to include Bali.

“Hanif Bali’s experience as an unaccompanied minor would be a great complement to the board, which needs a person with a different ethnic background,” Edward Riedl from Västerbotten said.

No one argued against Bali, but rather against the notion of making the board larger.

Delegates voted down MP Maria Abrahamsson’s motion to regulate campaign donations from individuals. Rather, the board referred to a voluntary agreement with the other parties to make donations from companies of more than 20,000 kroner (3,000 US dollars) transparent.

The assembly decided to work towards making the sale of alcohol produced in farms legal, and also to encourage the initiative by the party’s senior organisation to replace all existing nuclear plants with new ones as soon as possible, TT writes.