UKIP caught by Sunday Times investigation into hiding donations

The Sunday Times reports:

Stuart Agnew, a UKIP MEP, and Lord Pearson of Rannoch, the party’s leader, have told undercover reporters how a real donor’s name could be kept secret by passing tens of thousands of pounds through intermediaries. If carried out, one or more of the suggested methods could have been illegal.

Our disclosures will embarrass UKIP and Pearson, who also told the undercover reporter that some UKIP members were “neanderthals” and described Agnew, 60, as “one of our only really sane MEPs”.

The report goes on to detail how UKIP explored a range of ways for a donor to hide their identity, including passing the money to another person who then makes a donation, funnelling cash via an unincorporated associations or using a combination of a loan and clause in a will.

Asked whether he was sure such techniques could work, UKIP’s leader, Lord Pearson, said:

Yes, we did it in the European elections [in 2009]. We passed on £80,000 from one person in effect … and that caused no difficulty at all.

You can read the full report here.

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