According to the report “Trends in expenditures of political parties in El Salvador from 2014 to 2021” published by Acción Ciudadana, expenditures of most traditional political parties decreased by 10 to 94 percent in the years of the most recent presidential and parliamentary elections. did.
In this calculation, the Nuevas Ideas party was discarded for not presenting information, and the FMLN was discarded for presenting incomplete information. Parties that did not exist during the comparison period, such as Vamos and Nuestro Tiempo, were also excluded because they are emerging parties.
The only party that has not cut spending is Nuevas Ideas ally Gana, which increased spending by 2,020% during his presidency and 18% during his parliamentary term.
Without taking Gana into account, the combined electoral spending of the four traditional political parties – Arena, DS, PCN and PDC – fell by 60.4% during the presidential period and by 59.3% during the parliamentary period.
The study found that political parties spent more money in election years, with 86% of total spending, or $24.7 million, rising from more than $145.4 million from 2014 to 2021.
The study looked at 12 political parties: Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena), Democratic Change (CD), Salvadoran Democratic Party (DS), Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), Grand Alliance of National Unity (Ghana), and National Concert. Oversaw finances. (PCN), Christian Democratic Party (PDC), Nuestro Tiempo, Social Democratic Party (PSD), Salvadoran Progressive Party (PSP), Vamos.
Dennis Siliesar, coordinator of the AC Political Observation Center, asserted that the report “does not contain financial information” because Nuevas Ideas “has never disclosed” financial information.
This is an annual expense.
Comparing 2014 and 2019, arena expenses decreased from $24,548,310.76 to $8,874,316.43. The Gana Party’s spending has increased in recent years from $369,457 in 2014 to $7.8 million in 2019. And from $1.9 million in 2018 to $2.3 million in 2021.
PCN spending decreased slightly from $1.1 million to $1 million in the presidential election and from $2.6 million to $1.2 million from 2018 to 2021. The decline is particularly noticeable between 2019 and 2021.
The person who spends the most.
Without taking Nueva Ideas into account, the parties with the highest spending are: Arena ($81,227,442.61) (representing 56%). FMLN ($29,805,856.56) equals 20%. Earn 11% of your total spend ($16,104,315.40).
The parties spent a total of $145,433,692.95 from 2014 to 2021.
Siliesar explained that the importance of knowing each party’s spending is because it allows them to “analyse election strategists.” He called on the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to carry out a “genuine audit of the parties’ finances” to prevent illegal activities.
3 facts you need to know
1.- Some people report
The parties that provided complete information are Arena, Gana, PCN, PDC, DS, Nuestro Tiempo and Vamos.
2.- Incomplete information
The political institutions that provided incomplete information were the CD, FMLN, FPS, PDS, and PSP.
3.- When there is no information
The only party that did not provide information on its finances was the official party, Nuevas Ideas.
Source: Diario Elmundo