Citizens ‘squeeze’ their groups by raising parliamentary contributions to 6.7 million

Citizens has modified its 2020 internal accounts by including an additional million euros in the item of institutional contributions, the call ‘revolutionary tax’ that the party of Ines Arrimadas asks all its parliamentary groups -from the local to the provincial, autonomous and national levels- and that it means giving in to the national leadership a part of public aid they get for their activity.

Vozpópuli has had access to last year’s accounts (see below) that the orange formation delivered last week to the members of the General advice. In the economic report of Ciudadanos it is indicated that the contributions of the institutional groups totaled a total of 6.724.322 euros throughout 2020.

That figure supposes a million more than that indicated to the same General Council –5.784.213 euros– just six months ago, in December, when the Ministry of Finance led by Carlos Square drew up a document –unveiled by The Independent– on the financial situation of the party and the forecasts of income and expenses for 2021.

They are not the only balances changed downwards. The affiliate fees in 2020 that appeared in December were 2,540,984 euros, when now they are set at 2,107,651 euros, which suggests a significant decrease of militants. And the donations received last year, which were initially detailed at 25,000 euros, now they have only remained at 13,961 euros.

The noticeable difference in the section ‘Contributions from institutional groups’ is a indication that the national leadership chaired by Arrimadas is “squeezing” these groups, as several regional officials have complained. For example, Francisco Alvarez, one of the ‘wayward’ deputies in the Murcia Parliament launched serious accusations in April against the National Executive, ensuring that his party “diverted” 280.000 euros from the parliamentary group to Madrid without anyone knowing what had happened to that money.

Álvarez stressed that the party at the national level had been “receiving some transfers“of money that I did not think they were”the convenient ones and the opportune ones“for the orange formation.” And in exchange for this, the party should have led actions in favor of that parliamentary group and absolutely nothing has been done“warned this orange deputy -one of the three who did not support the motion of censure- after noting that from Ciudadanos Murcia” money has been taken to Madrid “. Specifically,”280,000 euros so far this term“, he specified.

Nails affirmations that the Arrimadas formation denied at the time categorically, after underlining that all party accounts are delivered to Court of Accounts without this oversight body having objections.

Criticism in the Valencian Courts

More recently, on June 17, a fifth deputy of the Valencian Parliament, Vicente Fernandez, it was passed to the group of not attached by not sharing “the drift and the economic decisions adopted unilaterally” by Ruth Merino, the new spokesperson for the diminished parliamentary group of Citizens after the march of Toni Cantó.

Fernández reproached the transfers to the party by way of subsidies of “good part“of the funds that the parliamentary group of the Corts perceives as such. All this without submitting it to a vote and”with the acquiescence and consent of the governing bodies“of the party when, in his opinion, that money should be allocated to political action of the orange formation in the Valencian Parliament.

In any case, the 6.7 million euros of contributions from institutional groups it is not the highest figure in the history of Ciudadanos, but the second. In 2019, that item amounted to 8.771.066 euros while in 2018 it was 5.828.204 euros. They are the only two years that serve as reference because in 2017, just started the territorial expansion throughout Spain, the orange formation only raised 27.416 euros for this concept.

Citizens is in good financial health. In 2020 it achieved a surplus of almost 20% and increased net worth to 13.4 million

In the December forecasts that Finanzas delivered to the counselors of Ciudadanos a 32% drop was noted in this section for 2021 and that the ‘revolutionary tax’ be reduced to 4.378.735 euros. At that time, it was not known what was going to happen in the Catalan elections of 14-F (the party went from 36 to 6 deputies), although Cuadrado explained after the elections to the national leadership that this document already foresaw a notable decrease in seats .

But what no one contemplated – not even the Square himself – was the 4-M scenario in the Community of Madrid, in which Ciudadanos lost the 26 deputies they had in the regional Assembly due to the early elections of Isabel Diaz Ayuso. So those almost 4.4 million euros can be out of date at this time of year.

The financial health of Ciudadanos

In any case, the centrist formation enjoys good financial health. In the figures delivered to the General Council in December, some ordinary expenses of 12,152,997 euros in 2020. However, now in June that balance has remained at 10,618,016 euros. Namely, 1.5 million less. Other surprising variation. In this case, for the tranquility of the party. Interestingly, that final expense figure is almost identical to the forecast for this 2021 -10,678,468 euros-.

The difference between income and expenses allowed Ciudadanos last year to achieve a surplus of 2,120,581 euros -19.9% ​​-. All this having returned all bank credits of the 2019 electoral marathon and that they arrived to add 13.7 million euros. This fact has allowed him to increase his net worth up to 13,477,988 euros. A mattress with which to throw without stress until the call for new local, regional and national elections in 2023.

Source: Vozpópuli by

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