Election watchdog fines Better Together

Better Together supporters on referendum nightFetish copyright E
Image caption Better Together cam igned for a ‘No’ vote in advance of the independence referendum on 18 September 2014

The Better Together cam ign in the autonomy referendum has been fined for failing to provide a full and complete disclose on its spending.

A £2,000 penalty was imposed by the Electoral Commission because the pro-Union action did not provide receipts or invoices for £57,000 of expenditure.

The fine has been id and the commission said it accepted the deletions were not deliberate.

The law requires receipts or invoices for all expenditure of more than £200.

Happier Together was a designated lead cam igner in the Scottish independence referendum, with myriad significant resources and a higher profile than other cam ign leagues.

The Electoral Commission said it took into account that the cul ble person for the organisation made efforts to provide further supporting documentation after the deadline for the check out had ssed.

Better Together id the fine in full on 12 January, the commission estimated.

Bob Posner of the Electoral Commission said: “The responsibilities of a registered cam igner in a referendum do not end on balloting day.

“Trans rency around who spends what at referendums, based on complete and on target financial reports, is an important rt of ensuring that the public has belief in the democratic process”.

Pro-independence blog Wings Over Scotland was fined £750 terminal year for failing to file complete spending returns, while the Travail for Independence group was fined £1,500 for failing to submit any accounts.

The Communications Blue-collar workers Union, which backed a ‘No’ vote, was fined £500 for spending wherewithal on cam igning before it was officially registered with the Electoral Commission.

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