This policy brief explores how openness and oversight of political finance can help detect & address the use of covert foreign political influence.
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The financing of political parties provokes distrust and cynicism - often for good reason - about the motives and activities of both the donors and recipients of political donations. Yet modern elections cannot be contested without money. Staff costs and campaigning expenses are necessary facts of political competition.
To ensure that elections are free, fair, and sufficiently funded, governments must enhance their political finance regulations. This promotes political integrity and participation and protects against undue influence.
This briefing discusses:
- why tackling political financing is a priority for Open Government Partnership (OGP) members
- trends and good practice in regulation
- existing and model commitments in National Action Plans