TPA funding - we’re closing in
Tomorrow’s Guardian includes some important revelations about the TaxPayers’ Alliance’s funders. The newspaper reveals:
- TPA director Alexander Heath lives in a farmhouse in Loire and has not paid British tax for years.
- TPA chief executive Matthew Elliott has stated that the group’s annual income from donors is about £1m. (When the TPA last published its accounts - in 2006 - it declared an income of just £130,000.)
- Sixty per cent of TPA donations come from individuals or groups giving more than £5,000.
- The secretive and pro-Tory Midlands Industrial Council says it has given around £80,000 on behalf of 32 owners of private companies.
The Guardian has done an excellent job in its lead story and background feature, but there are still gaps in our knowledge of TPA funding. Some of the revelations are based on the TPA’s own statements but the alliance refuses to publish its accounts.
In particular, we suspect the millionaire members of the Midlands Industrial Council have given more funding, either through the MIC or directly - not least because three MIC millionaires are on the governing council of the West Midlands TPA.
There is a simple way for the TaxPayers’ Alliance to end this speculation: come clean about its funding. Or does it still have something to hide?
Other posts on TPA funding and the Midlands Industrial Council:
- Dirty politics: Michael Ashcroft and the TPA’s millionaire funders
- The millionaires’ club
- Transparency: the TaxPayers’ Alliance must practise what it preaches
- Who pays for the TaxPayers’ Alliance?
Posted by Other TPA at 11:57pm on 9 October 2009
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