Mon, Feb 23, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Chen and Lu disclose donation information


One day before a bill comes before the Legislative Yuan limiting when individuals running for office can receive donations, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) released information yesterday about the amount and source of the money donated to them so far for their re-election bid.

The campaign headquarters of the incumbent president and vice president announced that it has received 68,829 donations totaling NT$279.9 million (US$8.42 million).

Wu Nei-jen (吳乃仁), the campaign manager for Chen and Lu, said that NT$15.25 million has come from for-profit institutions, NT$1.71 million from non-profit institutions and NT$7.19 million from an unspecified political party.

The president and vice president had promised a private group pushing for a clean and fair campaign that they would make public the details of the donations they receive.

The information will be provided on the Web site of the campaign headquarters, as agreed to by Chen and Lu.

Chen's rival in the presidential race, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰), did not follow suit yesterday, although Lien and his running mate, People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚愉), have made a similar promise.

However, Chang Che-shen (張哲琛), a KMT official in charge of raising funds for the campaign, told journalists that his party had raised about NT$200 million from some 30,000 donors by the end of last year.

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