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Daimler to give German political parties 320,000 euros in donation

English.news.cn   2014-04-23 07:49:16

BERLIN, April 22 (Xinhua) -- German carmaker Daimler plans to make six-figure donations to German parties in 2014, German media reported Tuesday, quoting an announcement of the company.

A spokesman of Daimler said in the announcement that the company will spend a total of 320,000 euros (441,660 U.S. dollars) for donations to parties, the same amount as last year.

The ruling Christian Democrats (CDU) and Social Democrats (SPD) will each receive 100,000 euros. The company will also give 120,000 euros to CDU's sister party CSU, opposition Green Party as well as FDP, although the party is no longer represented in the Bundestag, lower house of German parliament.

Daimler has been making donations to political parties for more than two decades, aiming to supporting parliamentary democracy in Germany, the spokesman said.

Major donations coming from enterprises had sparked criticism in Germany after the general election in September last year.

The CDU led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for instance, reportedly received 690,000 euros from the family controlling carmaker BMW in October before environment ministers of the European Union (EU) backed German demands to scrap a deal to cap EU car emissions. Opposition parties accused Merkel of pandering to the car lobby.

Reports said Lobby Control, a nonprofit organization based in Germany's Cologne and monitors lobbying activities in Berlin and Brussels, called for an annual ceiling of 50,000 euros for each donor. It also said all donations of more than 2000 euros must be registered in the annual reports of political parties.

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