Political donations to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were NT$100 million (US$3.12 million) more than given to the Kuomintang (KMT) in 2015, according to a balance statement published Thursday by the Control Yuan, the nation's highest watchdog body.
The DPP received NT$192.21 million in political donations in 2015. Individuals contributed NT$131.47 million, followed by enterprises at NT$50.01 million, and NT$1.06 million by civic groups.
In terms of expenditure, the DPP spent NT$157.89 million in 2015. Among them, expenditure on elections accounted for more than half at NT$63.46 million, followed by operational costs at NT$33.60 million.
The DPP recorded a balance of payment of NT$34.32 million for the year.
The KMT received NT$91.42 million in political donations in that year, of which NT$40.23 million was contributed by individuals, NT$50.26 million by enterprises, and NT$750,000 by civic groups.
The KMT spent NT$82.08 million in 2015, and campaign expenses for its recommended public office candidates accounted for more than half of that figure at NT$48.6 million, followed by expenses for election operations at NT$15.86 million.
The KMT recorded a balance of NT$9.34 million.
The KMT, which had ruled Taiwan since 1945 except for eight years between 2000 and 2008, was beaten in both the presidential and the legislative elections by the DPP in January this year.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel