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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Setting the price

I never ceased to be amazed by the obsession of the media with the money spent campaigning in local elections or referenda. This is particularly so given that by and large there is no public money involved. The vast majority of funds are raised privately.

Nevertheless this Walesonline story today highlights that campaigners for a Yes vote in March’s referendum on the Assembly’s powers spent 35 times more than their No-supporting rivals.

The site says that the figures, published by the Electoral Commission, show that those campaigning for a Yes spent just over £140,000 while those campaigning for a No vote spent under £4,000.

It is believed that of that money spent by No campaigners, £500 went on an inflatable pig.

Well at least we know one of the reasons why the 'yes' campaign won.
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