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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.


MP demands answers on DUP Brexit funders’ fine

Martin Docherty-Hughes MP grilled the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on a secret fine charged to the DUP's dark-money Brexit funders.

Hiding the DUP dark money: The fraud of so-called transparency

Theresa May's government is cowering behind walls of secrecy.

Did the DUP's controversial Brexit donors break the law - by refusing to reveal the secret source of their cash?

It appears the secretive group that channelled Leave cash to Theresa May’s allies got hit with a record fine - for breaking rules on donor disclosure

We can't ignore Priti Patel's background in lobbying

Britain's now former international development minister sits in the centre of the UK's dark money-funded think tank-lobbying industrial complex

Following Arron Banks' money: who delivered the payment in paraphernalia?

The Electoral Commission is investigating major Leave donor Arron Banks. Why was there a £1.9m 'in kind' donation, and who did it come from?

What (precisely) is the Electoral Commission investigating Banks for?

The Electoral Commission has announced they are investigating Leave donor Arron Banks, after openDemocracy's investigation into his finances. But what are they looking at?

Arron Banks’ charity investigated by Charity Commission

Top Brexit campaign funder Arron Banks has shut his charity down as it faces an investigation from the UK's regulator.

Remainers: don't use our investigations as an excuse

As we uncover the dark money behind the Brexit campaign, establishment Remainers must also ask deeper questions about why they lost.

Who's paying for these 'reports' on BBC Brexit coverage?

Why do newspapers parrot 'reports' about BBC bias from organisations funded by hardline Brexiters?

Brexit dark money revelations trigger MP's question on 'foreign interference'

openDemocracy's investigations into Leave donor Arron Banks and the DUP make global headlines, prompting calls for transparency. 

How did Arron Banks afford Brexit?

The self-styled ‘bad boy’ who bankrolled the Leave campaign appears to have exaggerated his wealth. So how did he pay for his Brexit spree?

UK government set to ignore Northern Ireland parties’ transparency calls

Brokenshire loses his excuse for hiding DUP’s lavish Brexit donors, but still refuses to reveal their identity

‘Substantial’ fine linked to DUP’s secret Brexit donors

Former minister demands answers on £6,000 fine, questioning legality of DUP’s mystery source of Brexit cash

Mystery deepens over secret source of Brexit 'dark money'

Only one major pro-Leave donor refuses to distance himself from controversial £435,000, which bankrolled DUP's Brexit spending spree.

Who bankrolled Brexit?

The United Kingdom has transparency laws which should give citizens a full and immediate answer to this question. And yet, we still don’t have one.

Revealed: how loopholes allowed pro-Brexit campaign to spend ‘as much as necessary to win’

New tranche of Electoral Commission emails show how Vote Leave gave a student £675,000 overnight – and the worrying implications for British democracy.

MPs demand full investigation of hard-Brexit backing Tory "party within a party"

Labour MPs are demanding that the pro-Brexit European Research Group is investigated by parliament's expenses watchdog on the back of openDemocracy's revelations.

Revealed: The Tory MPs using taxpayers’ cash to fund a secretive hard-Brexit group

Senior MPs including Liam Fox, Andrea Leadsom and Jacob Rees-Mogg have used their expenses to fund a 'party within a party' inside Westminster – effectively holding the government hostage over its negotiations with the EU.

Leadsom campaign chair denies involvement in dark-money funded poll which boosted her campaign

The MP who ran Andrea Leadsom’s leadership bid tells openDemocracy that he wasn’t involved in commissioning a key opinion poll which boosted her campaign and was funded by the secretive Constitutional Research Council.

Key poll which boosted Leadsom’s leadership bid funded by DUP’s dark-money donors

An important poll which added momentum to Andrea Leadsom’s campaign to become prime minister was funded by the secretive Constitutional Research Council.

Release details of DUP Brexit ‘dark money’, MPs tells Northern Ireland Secretary

Why is James Brokenshire colluding with the DUP to cover up Northern Irish donations between 2014 and 2017?

We've forced a change in the law on 'dark money'. But we still need to do more

This is why our campaigning journalism is important.

The new Brexit minister, the arms industry, the American hard right… and Equatorial Guinea

Steve Baker, the new Brexit minister, has taken cash from the shady Constitutional Research Council… and a whole lot of other people too.

Meet the Soopa Doopa branding agency that delivered Brexit

How did all of the different Leave campaigns stumble upon the same obscure branding agency in Ely, if they weren't working as a coordinated campaign? 

The dark money driving the Scottish Tory surge

Electoral Commission 'looking into' Scottish Tory £100,000 donation after openDemocracy exposes potential rule breach.

How dark money is drowning British democracy

Organisations which fund political parties are meant to declare all major donations they receive. Yet only one ever has.

Meet the Scottish Tory behind the £425,000 DUP Brexit donation

Senior Scottish Conservative Richard Cook is at the centre of a major Brexit funding scandal.

DUP Donaldson can’t remember why his Brexit campaign spent more than £32,000 on controversial data analytics company linked to Trump

Was it a coincidence that different Leave campaign groups used the same obscure Canadian firm? Or was there potentially illegal co-ordination between campaigns?

Democratic Unionist Party Brexit campaign manager admits he didn’t know about its mysterious donor’s links to the Saudi intelligence service

Jeffrey Donaldson MP should have ensured that a £435,000 donation his party accepted came from a legitimate source. Did he?

Electoral Commission contradicts DUP on Brexit donor transparency

Did Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party do the checks the law requires of it before accepting a vast donation for its Brexit campaign?

The strange link between the DUP Brexit donation and a notorious Indian gun running trial

We still don’t know how how key Leave campaign adverts were funded, but the one man who has been named has some surprising relationships...

Secretive DUP Brexit donor links to the Saudi intelligence service

The DUP's revelation about their Brexit donation leaves us with more questions than answers...

The 'dark money' that paid for Brexit

The secret cash that bankrolled Brexit, the loophole it's hiding in, and how we unravel it.

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