Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday asked the Control Yuan to investigate the allegedly illegal fundraising campaign initiated by former DPP chairman Shih Ming-teh (
"We are asking the Control Yuan to take immediate action and freeze the cash donated to the fundraising campaign," DPP Legislator Tang Bi-a (
The Ministry of the Interior said on Monday that Shih had violated the Political Donations Law (政治獻金法) by accepting cash contributions for his campaign and added that the campaign was "beyond a doubt political in nature," therefore making the contributions political donations.
When asked by the Taipei Times how the lawmakers expected the Control Yuan -- whose operation has been stalled for more than a year because the legislature has not endorsed President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) list of new candidates for Control Yuan members -- to deal with the case, Tang said that the Control Yuan had "investigators" who could take care of the matter.
Tang later yesterday added that she would file a suit today with the Tainan Prosecutors' Office, charging Shih with "illegally soliciting funds."
Hsieh Yu-nan (
While his department would take care of the first stage -- an investigation and drawing up a report -- a review committee composed of Control Yuan members would determine whether the fundraising campaign violates the law.
"Without the Control Yuan members, however, there is no way to determine whether it is legal or illegal," Hsieh said.