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More than NT$45 mil. from '12 election left in DPP coffers

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Control Yuan yesterday announced the election fund remnants of the last presidential election, with the opposition still in possession of more than NT$45 million.

President Ma Ying-jeou and Vice President Wu Den-yi (吳敦義) have a total of NT$2.22 million left from their election campaigns, while Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and Su Chia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) were reported with NT$45.89 million in their official campaign funding account, announced the government watchdog.

According to the Political Donations Act, the candidates are to report the sum of the remaining funds to the Control Yuan each year after the elections, and later turned over to the national treasury if the provisions were not disbursed within four years.

The DPP also managed to receive more donations in the 2008 elections, surpassing Kuomintang's (KMT) NT$113 million with NT$132 million, said Control Yuan officials. However, the opposition had overdrawn its account and spent an additional NT$23.36 million. Among the provisions, NT$96.34 million came from personal donations and NT$24.24 million from profit-oriented organizations.

The KMT had also made an overdraft by spending an additional NT$43.22 million. Almost NT$56 million came from personal donations, while profit-oriented businesses donated NT$55.7 million.

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