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What did MPs declare in campaign funds?

Malta's 67 MPs submit sworn declarations

Photo: DOI/Jeremy Wonnacott

Photo: DOI/Jeremy Wonnacott

Friends, family members, businessmen and even a State entity chairman donated tens of thousands of euros to the individual electoral campaigns of the 67 newly elected MPs, the deputies’ declarations show.

Labour’s Parliamentary Secretary, Silvio Schembri, one of the youngest MPs, was the biggest spender at just under €30,000.

On the other hand, Claudette Buttigieg, Nationalist MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, incurred the lowest expense, declaring just €845 on her campaign.

According to new rules, applicable for the first time in last June’s general election, candidates were eligible to spend a maximum of €20,000 for each district on which they stood. If they contested two districts, as the majority of candidates do, they were allowed to spend up to €40,000.

All the MPs submitted sworn declarations disclosing the donations they had received and the expenses incurred

All the MPs submitted sworn declarations disclosing the donations they had received and the expenses incurred. None declared spending more than the amounts permitted by law.

The Sunday Times of Malta sifted through the dozens of declarations.

The majority were not accompanied by any receipts, and the declarations of expenses were unsupported by any documentation.

Electoral Commission sources admitted the declarations had limited value, as they could not be verified in any way.

“Since there is no obligation to present proof of expenditure, we are just resting on what MPs are declaring,” a commission member said.

“The only value is that they are sworn, and so if any evidence is brought to contradict what the MPs declare, then they might be in trouble. However, many people read these declarations with a pinch of salt,” another member said.

Labour MPs Receipts Expenses
Carmelo Abela €1,000 €10,299
Robert Abela €26,995 €18,628
Chris Agius €1,200 €1,976
Anthony Agius Decelis €0 €3,990
Clayton Bartolo €1,044 €6,388
Evarist Bartolo €12,903 €12,686
Glenn Beddingfield €7,740 €6,270
Owen Bonnici €27,650 €27,517
Ian Borg €21,259 €23,453
Byron Camilleri €0 €5,646
Clint Camilleri €0 €6,805
Chris Cardona €0 €8,919
Justyne Caruana €3,327 10,923
Rosianne Cutajar €0 €13,392
Helena Dalli €10,701 €10,701
Deo Debattista €3,998 €5,742
Michael Falzon €0 €8,537
Aaron Farrugia €0 €17,842
Julia Farrugia €9,165 €9,358
Michael Farrugia €22,330 €20,103
Chris Fearne €4,450 €24,872
Roderick Galdes €3,722 €14,536
Etienne Grech €0 €3,160
Clifton Grima €18,046 €17,846
Silvio Grixti €1,500 €4,669
Jose’ Herrera €0 €19,846
Manuel Mallia €24,029 €24,029
Joe Mizzi €0 €16,560
Konrad Mizzi €2,123 €6,937
Alex Muscat €11,027 €13,263
Joseph Muscat €0 €0
Silvio Parnis €1,578 €3,156
Anton Refalo €0 €10,286
Silvio Schembri €7,059 €29,794
Edward Scicluna €13,243 €13,243
Edward Zammit Lewis €1,500 €4,462
Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi €18,084 €18,084
     
PN MPs Receipts Expenses
David Agius €0 €8,500
Robert Arrigo €0 €17,518
Karol Aquilina €5,680 €15,673
Frederick Azzopardi €0 €2,532
Jason Azzopardi €3,600 €10,534
Ivan Bartolo €0 €2,783
Anthony Bezzina €4,877 €9,790
Simon Busuttil €0 €0
Claudette Buttigieg €1,754 €845
Ryan Callus €10,765 €15,811
Therese Comodini Cachia €0 €5,414
Robert Cutajar €3,548 €4,531
Jean Pierre Debono €0 €9,978
Kristy Debono €0 €9,050
Maria Deguara €0 €2,388
Mario De Marco €17,600 €19,754
Beppe Fenech Adami €0 €23,536
Mario Galea €1,320 €6,078
Karl Gouder €1,500 €3,481
Claudio Grech €5,558 €19,675
Carm Mifsud Bonnici €0 €3,536
Marthese Portelli €0 €18,095
Clyde Puli €5,765 €7,493
Chris Said €0 €4,437
Herman Schiavone €4,200 €6,763
Stephen Spiteri €1,500 €1,551
David Stellini €0 €7,080
Edwin Vassallo €380 €6,737
     
PD MPs Receipts Expenses
Marlene Farrugia €0 €3,962
Godfrey Farrugia €0 €1,792
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