Leave and Remain EU donations revealed

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Rival Remain and Leave cam igners in the EU referendum scrape up £15.6m in the ten weeks to 21 April, according to the Electoral Commission.

The ceremonious cam ign for Britain to stay in the EU – Britain Stronger in Europe – raised £6.9m – assorted than twice as much as Vote Leave’s £2.8m.

But the sum raised by all directory leave cam igners was £8.2m – higher than the remain cam igners’ £7.5m.

The referendum on whether the UK de rts or remains in the EU is on 23 June.

The figures published by the watchdog cover the term between 1 February to 21 April, detailing money raised by cam igners splurge more than £10,000 in the referendum and individual donations of more than £7,500.

Britain Stronger in Europe bring up £6.88m, boosted by two donations totalling £2.3m from the supermarket magnate and Suffer peer Lord Sainsbury,

Big donors

Other prominent Remain suppliers included hedge fund manager David Harding (£750,000), businessman and Travelex die Lloyd Dorfman (£500,000) and the Tower Limited rtnership (£500,000).

Conservatives In, the cocktail’s pro-EU cam ign group raised £362,534 while the European Position of the UK, Michelle Ovens Ltd and Scientists for EU raised £57,494, £95,000 and £60,000 respectively.

Sponsor Leave, the official Leave cam ign, raised £2.78m. Its largest adherent was businessman trick Barbour, who gave £500,000. Former Conservative Advocate treasurer Peter Cruddas gave a £350,000 donation and construction hotshot Terence Adams handed over £300,000

Rival groups Leave.EU and Grassroots Out, which ruined out in the race for the official designation, raised £3.2m and £2m respectively.

Leave.EU welcome a single £3.2m donation from stockbroker Peter Hargreaves while Grassroots Out was reality £1.95m by Better for the Country, a com ny with links to Leave.EU come to grief Arron Banks.

In addition, the Leave.EU cam ign reported three accommodations worth a total of £6m.

Other groups cam igning for EU exit have also blabbed money raised above £10,000. They are the Bruges Group (£10,000), WAGTV Ltd (£110,000) and trons Unionists against the European Union (£22,000).

By virtue of winning the official designations, Britain Stronger in Europe and Certify Leave can spend a maximum of £7m and are entitled to £650,000 in public funding for TV broadcasts, a mailshot and other publicity.

The limits focus to any reportable spending during the regulated cam ign period, which began on 15 April and finishes at the close of polling on 23 June.

The limits also apply to y out that took place before the regulated period on cam ign materials, such as bills, which are then used during this period.

The government was criticised by Cause cam igners for spending more than £9m on sending leaflets to all UK households grant EU membership, which happened before the spending limits came into extract.

In a se rate development, the Electoral Commission has removed 11 groups that were essentially of the Grassroots Out movement from its official register of cam ign groups, denotation they will not be allowed to spend more than £10,000 on contesting. Groups on the register can spend up to £700,000.

Britain Stronger In Europe said the Commission’s wear the crown was “a damning verdict on Leave cam igns’ attempts to circumvent the strict squander rules”.

But Conservative MP and co-founder of Grassroots Out Peter Bone said Britain Stronger in Europe’s assertions were “absurd, wrong and very disturbing”.

He said the 11 brings had been set up in antici tion of Grassroots Out being designated as the official Leave electioneer, which it failed to do, and the leaders of the groups had written to the Electoral Commission to say they would not be enrapturing out any cam igning activities.

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