The issue of ‘party funding’ has been the subject of discussions in The Hague City Council for years, especially around Hart voor Den Haag/Groep de Mos. Groep de Mos regularly clashes with other parties, because De Mos favors donors such as the owner of the Opera conference center. According to the Public Prosecution Service (OM), former councilors Richard de Mos and Rachid Guernaoui have even been guilty of corruption, including for arranging night permits for the Opera. The two deny. According to De Mos, he did not abuse his position to arrange matters for donors, but only carried out his election program. Moreover, he states, local parties need sponsors to fill the campaign coffers, because they do not receive subsidies like national parties.

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