Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Northern League says it will no longer accept public funding


Milan, May 20 - The Northern League political
party, which has been rocked by major financial scandals,
announced Monday that it would not longer accept public funding
but rely instead on donations.
''The principle is self-financing, we do not want money
from anyone except party members," said League Secretary and
Lombardy Governor Roberto Maroni.
He made the announcement at the end of a party meeting in
which it approved a ''severe'' draft budget that did not feature
public money.
The anti-migrant party, which lobbies for greater autonomy
for Italy's wealthier northern regions, has been under intense
scrutiny after a big financial scandal.
Last month, Milan prosecutors took measures to seized a
yacht allegedly purchased by the son of Northern League party
founder and former leader Umberto Bossi, as part of a wider
investigation into the alleged misuse of public funds which
earlier saw the former treasurer of the political group
Former League treasurer Francesco Belsito was arrested in
April on charges of alleged criminal association and aggravated
He had been under investigation since a probe into alleged
misuse of public funding to the party broke last year in a
scandal that led Bossi to quit.

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