With legislative elections, political parties gamble their financial survival

Clashes and anger between La République en Marche and Horizons, the party of Édouard Philippe, trade negotiations between the Insoumis, Europe Écologie-Les Verts, the PS and the PCF. And about five weeks that have already passed since the presidential election have shown politics in what is often less glorious, but nevertheless necessary. In a context of significant abstention, agreements are needed to reach the second round and win a maximum number of seats in the Assembly. With a specific political ambition: after June 19, create groups (at least 15 deputies are necessary), to recover the resources and time to speak and be able to weigh significantly in the public debate.

But, behind these noble objectives, another, equally essential, is you. A fierce battle is being played out behind the scenes: that of party money. For training, June 12 and 19 are an existential test. Since 1988, direct public funding resulting from legislative elections has been put in place. With a first stage, from the first round: any party that has presented more than 50 candidates having obtained more than 1% of the votes is eligible for a payment of public money, at the rate of €1.64 per vote obtained, and this, every year. The second stage comes after the election of deputies: each brings €37,400 a year to the party to which he is attached. What to ensure the remuneration of the permanent staff, the rent of the place, the secretarial expenses… and to allow us to set up reserves for the next electoral campaigns. The life of democracy has a price: 66 million public money in 2020. A profit from which every political party hopes to capture the largest part.

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