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Ahead of the European parliamentary elections, questions over funding show a need to address our campaign rules

These elections show it’s time to update our analogue campaign rules for the digital age

By Darren Hughes  

The Brexit Party has been investigated for its campaign spending. Photo: PA

This week the Electoral Commission announced it was investigating Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party over questions about its online fundraising operation.

The concern is that thousands of donations are being made, virtually anonymously, via PayPal—the online payment system—that could fall foul of political funding rules.

But this investigation is just one snapshot of a much bigger picture.

UK Election law is based on a clear principle that funding from abroad is not allowed—though even this is open for…

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