Since parties always need money, forcing them to depend on private funders means throwing them into the hands of donors who will demand favours for their cash.
The bigger parties which contest elections at all three levels would benefit the most – but voters might split their votes.
Secrecy over who funds political parties should trigger fears that government decisions will reflect the wishes of large donors.
Countries that regulate political party funding do so to preserve their sovereignty and integrity of domestic politics.
In the aftermath of a controversy surrounding New Zealand’s opposition party, discussions now focus on reform of party donations to avoid the potential of political influence.
Legislation to control the private funding of political parties in South Africa is long overdue.
Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie said Australia is one of the few countries in the world to accept foreign political donations. Is that true?
Morale may be low among parliamentarians, but newly released accounts offer reasons to be cheerful.
Every time there’s a scandal involving political finance, politicians from unaffected parties talk about the public’s outrage. But how much do people actually care?
Malawi appears to have learnt nothing from the biggest state corruption scandal that rocked the country two years ago, leading to donors withdrawing their support. The same conditions still remain.