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Rosemary Bechler

Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy's mainsite editor.

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Who pays for our democracy?

Theresa May's allies, the Democratic Unionist Party, took £435,000 to campaign for Brexit and refuse to reveal who gave them the cash. Arron Banks, a key backer of the Leave campaign, appears to be not as rich as he claims – leaving questions about where all his Brexit campaign cash come from. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of pounds are funnelled to political parties through loopholes which allow donor anonymity. Who is bankrolling our politics? We want to find out the whole story.


The High Court case which could reveal the DUP's secret Brexit donors

The Good Law Project is taking the Electoral Commission to court to find out who was behind a huge donation that paid for Leave campaigning.

Major Scottish Tory funders fined over illegal donation

The Irvine Unionist Club donation funded 10% of Ruth Davidson’s campaign spending in 2016

‘Second’ bank account: MPs demand probe into Rees-Mogg’s Brexit group

Cross-party demands for an urgent investigation into the financial affairs of the European Research Group follow openDemocracy’s investigation.

The High Court found that Vote Leave broke the law in a new way

England & Wales's High Court has ruled that Vote Leave broke campaign spending limits in addition to the way that the Electoral Commission previously said they did.

Parliament watchdog probes Rees-Mogg’s hard Brexit lobby group over “other sources of funding”

EXCLUSIVE: Emails released by UK parliamentary standards watchdog reveal a ‘second’ bank account held by the powerful ERG group of Tory MPs, as they pressure May to abandon Chequers.

Opposition MPs call on PM to investigate former minister over hidden links to Tory ultra-Brexiteers

After openDemocracy revealed how former Brexit minister Steve Baker continued to work with the secretive European Research Group despite being in government, demands for Downing Street to investigate.

Truly Project Hate: the third scandal of the official Vote Leave campaign headed by Boris Johnson

Look at the Vote Leave Facebook adverts alongside their more public propaganda, and you see quite how much it promoted racist ideas.

Ex-Brexit minister Steve Baker remained in charge of secretive Tory ultra faction

Under the ministerial code, Baker was supposed to cut his ties with the European Research Group when he joined the government in 2017. But newly released emails show that as Brexit minister, he offered them private briefings on critical government policy.

Revealed: how the UK’s powerful right-wing think tanks and Conservative MPs work together

The Institute of Economic Affairs, accused of offering US donors access to government ministers, is among right-wing think tanks meeting monthly. Conservative MPs have attended, too.

The DUP’s Facebook ads for Brexit targeted voters outside Northern Ireland

Information released by Facebook shows the DUP said Brexit would be “better for our borders”.

The laws protecting Britain's democracy from big money are broken

You can be fined more for touting football tickets than you can for subverting Britain's democratic process.

Trump's visit marks the start of shock doctrine Brexit

The radical right want a no-deal Brexit so they can force Britain into a disaster capitalist trade deal with the USA.

Liam Fox caught in fresh “lobbyists as advisers” scandal

Former Legatum trade chief Shanker Singham takes role with commercial lobbying firm – while also advising key Brexit minister Liam Fox.

Revealed: New evidence of ‘Hard Brexit svengali’ Shanker Singham’s ‘unparalleled access’ to senior government figures

Labour’s Liam Byrne says former Legatum trade advisor’s influence over Brexit policymakers ‘beggars belief’

Arron Banks and the missing £11m for Brexit

His pro-Leave lobby groups raised nearly £12m – but claim they spent less than £1m during the ‘official’ Brexit campaign. So where did the rest go? Andy Wigmore says he has "no idea"

Scotland in Union held talks with Cambridge Analytica

The vice-chair of the campaign against Scottish independence met with the controversial data firm months after revelations about their involvement in Trump’s campaign came out.

Arron Banks and Brexit’s offshore secrets

In 2015, Arron Banks’s insurance business was bailed out. Where the rescue money came from is unclear—but as the Electoral Commission probes the sources of the Leave donor’s campaign contributions, a group of accountants who specialise in offshore “wealth preservation” may hold the key.

Not everyone agrees with Arron Banks about the value of his diamond mines

The ‘bad boy’ who bankrolled Brexit says he’s struck it lucky in Africa. But do his claims of a ‘significant find’ stand up? And who’s he been doing business with there?

Cambridge Analytica is what happens when you privatise military propaganda

You can't understand the Cambridge Analytica scandal until you understand what its parent company does.

'Crimes' committed by Brexit campaigners? One extraordinary coincidence offers a new clue

Did Vote Leave abuse the rules to 'spend as much as necessary' to win? We've uncovered a small but revealing error which calls into question all their denials.

If Brexit was hacked, shouldn't we know exactly who paid?

Yes, the Leave campaign probably cheated. And yes, Remain played unfair advantages. But where did the Brexit dark money actually come from? And how is it still shaping our democracy?

Is there a link between Cambridge Analytica and the DUP’s secret Brexit donors?

Today we reveal the close relationship between a key Cambridge Analytica backer and a senior pro-Brexit Northern Irish PR man – who has Russian friends in high places

UK government refuses to reveal details of meetings with the man who’s shaping Brexit

Freedom of Information requests show that the 'disaster capitalist' Legatum Institute has unequalled access to Brexit ministers. But the government refuses to reveal what they're talking about.

Northern Irish party donors finally published – but source of DUP Brexit money remains secret

Firm that donated to DUP owned by Gibraltar-based businessman, prompting criticism of 'representation without taxation'

Electoral Commission demand end to ban on publishing Northern Irish Brexit campaign donor details

MPs vote for campaign donor transparency for Northern Ireland – but exclude all major recent donations.

MPs should reject the government’s attempt to cover up for the DUP’s Brexit dark money donation

Theresa May is trying to cover-up for her scandal-prone Northern Irish allies. MPs must call her bluff.

UK diplomats met, talked Brexit with Trump aide linked to Russia probe

More details emerge of controversial meetings between UK foreign office officials and George Papadopoulos.

What we've discovered in a year investigating the dark money that funded Brexit means we can't stop now

On the first anniversary of our dark money investigation...

MPs demand ‘urgent investigation’ into Cabinet ministers' support for hard-Brexit lobby group

Tory ministers have used taxpayer cash to fund a secretive hard-Brexit pressure group, now led by outspoken government critic Jacob Rees-Mogg

Six of Theresa May’s cabinet are paid up “members” of secret group demanding a total break from the European Union

The head of the secretive European Research Group won’t reveal which senior ministers are members of the hardline anti-EU group. Why not? Because the answer and the reach of the ERG leaves the Prime Minister looking like a Brexit hostage.

Northern Ireland Electoral Commission in new bid to honour transparency laws from 2014

The government has been accused of trying to cover up for the DUP as it reverses a law which promised transparency in Northern Irish political donations from 2014.

Why is Theresa May protecting the DUP's dirty little (Brexit) secret?

Today, the UK government is trying to sneak through a law which will bury the DUP's huge Brexit donation in another layer of secrecy.

Who are Veterans for Britain?

You can’t understand Brexit without understanding Veterans for Britain.

Meet the think tank shaping the future of Britain's food and countryside

Why you should be worried that Legatum is lobbying the government about farm subsidies and a UK-US free trade deal.

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