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Ex-party leaders Tim Farron and David Cameron campaigning for a Remain vote [Image: PA Images].

Sauce for the goose…

We already know that Arron Banks, millionaire supporter of the Leave.EU campaign, has been under investigation over millions of pounds in donation to Leave-supporting organisations that may be in breach of electoral rules.

Britain Stronger in Europe has now been fined, along with the Liberal Democrats.

And now Vote Leave is under investigation as well.

It seems most of the major players in the referendum campaign played fast and loose with the spending rules. How disappointing.

It seems nobody believed they could sway the public with the strength of a good argument alone.

And how many of the arguments were good?

Most, if not all, of the Leave campaign claims have been proved false. Perhaps that is why campaigners for that cause overspent.

And the remainers? They included David Cameron (and Tim Farron) among their number.

Perhaps they thought they needed to overspend in order to overcome the handicap that this represented.

Election watchdogs have fined the official Remain campaign and the Liberal Democrats thousands of pounds for breaching election spending rules in the EU referendum.

The Lib Dems were slapped with an £18,000 penalty for failing to submit correct spending returns for some £80,000 of funds it spent urging voters not to support Leave.

Official Remain campaign Britain Stronger in Europe – since re-named Open Britain – was also hit with a £1,250 fine for incorrect spending returns.

It comes after the Electoral Commission launched a fresh probe into whether the official Leave campaign broke spending limits in the referendum.

Questions have been raised over hundreds of thousands of pounds Vote Leave gave to a fashion student who then handed the cash over to a data analytics firm.

Source: Official EU Remain campaign and Lib Dems fined thousands by election watchdogs | PoliticsHome.com


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