Money business for the cardinal
HK Standard, 18-Oct-2011
...and how much money has the Standard's controlling shareholder given to the Bauhinia Foundation, the lobby group of which he is "Protector"?
Statement by Law Society & Bar Association
Company media release, 20-May-2011
This follows comments by HK's Chief Executive claiming that "some political party politicians are using legal action... to disrupt major infrastructure just before kickoff in the name of environmental protection and conservation". In our view, his comments are disrespectful of the rule of law - if a project is delayed because of a failure by a Government department to comply with the law, then it only has itself to blame, whatever the motives of the person seeking the compliance.
Party finances in HK
Which is the wealthiest political party in HK? The answer may surprise you. We publish the accounts of the four main parties for their last two financial years, which go some way towards explaining the hand-to-mouth existence of several of the parties, and the lack of any coherent policy platforms in the pro-democracy camp. This is largely a result of the electoral voting system which divides and conquers them, countered by the secretive funding of the biggest-spending party. (7-Mar-2011)
Webb-site.com discovers a Government black-out on details of political donations, breaking its own law and making it difficult to identify individual donors who financed Donald Tsang's campaign in the recent pseudo-election. Despite this, by careful analysis we have been able to estimate who were the leading donors, several of whom used dozens of unlisted subsidiaries or obscure executives to mask the scale of their contributions. We call for campaign finance reform to cap individual donations and ban corporate sponsorship. (7-May-2007)
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