Whose money is influencing the German election campaign?
Political parties in Germany are less dependent on donations from individuals and corporations than in some other countries as they also get significant income from state funding and membership fees. Nonetheless, big private donations can help give them an edge in election season.
By law, only donations larger than €50,000 must be registered with the German parliament “immediately.” Smaller donations only become public after about two years, when they are disclosed in parties’ financial reports.
POLITICO is scraping data on large donations from the German parliament’s website as it becomes available, presented in the charts below.
It’s worth noting that in previous campaigns, smaller donations boosted the coffers of parties such as the Social Democrats and the Left party, so they are likely on a sounder financial footing than the data below suggest.