German AfD Fined $455,000 For Breaching Campaign Finance Law - Official
Muhammad Irfan 2 days ago Wed 17th April 2019 | 12:12 AM
The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was slapped with a hefty fine of $455,000 for receiving illegal campaign donations, local media reported on Tuesday
"The administrative procedure confirmed that the AfD should not have taken these donations because the donors could not be identified at the time the donations were accepted," she was quoted as saying.
AfD chairman Joerg Meuthen and the party's board member, Guido Reil, are believed to have received funds from Swiss PR agency Goal AG during their respective state election campaigns in 2016 and 2017.
The anti-immigrant AfD made sweeping gains at the 2017 general vote in Germany, becoming the second biggest party in Bundestag after the ruling conservatives, and is vying for seats at this May's European Parliament elections.