The affair over dubious campaign assistance from Switzerland could bring AfD party leader Jörg Meuthen further in distress. Again mirror is one reported Bundestag filed list with the names of ten alleged financiers who allegedly supported Meuthen in 2016 with an advertising campaign worth around 90,000 euros, apparently wrong.
Researching the news magazine and the ARD magazine Report Mainz showed that several of the supposed donors acted merely as a straw man. One of them admitted to giving his name for a fake letter of donation. In it he claimed to have supported Meuthens campaign with a high four-digit sum, although that did not correspond to the truth. In return, he received 1,000 euros in cash.
The man said that during a hearing by the Baden-Württemberg State Criminal Police Office, reports the mirror continue. The business had come about on the mediation of a friend. Who should be behind the maneuver, according to the report is unclear. The campaign advertising was organized at that time by the Swiss PR company Goal AG.
Meuthen: "We can rely on the list"
Meuthen told that mirror, Goal AG boss Alexander Segert have the AFD sent the list of ten donors and confirmed their authenticity recently. On the transmitted list "we were allowed and allowed to rely on us". It is not a donation in the sense of the campaign assistance
Political Parties Act. Therefore, the party has no obligation in
The ARD Meuthen quotes direct contact with the cost-takers.
In connection with the campaign support from Switzerland, the Stuttgart Public Prosecutor's Office is now investigating the initiation of a preliminary investigation, as a spokesman for the authorities said to the editors. The Bundestag administration had announced the AfD penalties, which sum together with another case to more than 400,000 euros.
Even fraction leader Alice Weidel is under pressure because of party donations, which are said to have been reported too late. There were also doubts about the donor list here. It is about 130,000 euros, the Weidels district association in the election campaign 2017 should have been donated.