Dominic Cummings, former campaign director for Vote Leave. Photograph: David Levenson/Getty Images

The more we learn about the EU referendum, the more corrupt it seems.

How long do we have to wait for the result to be declared void?

Or are we governed by people so corrupt they would actually prefer to condemn us all to the economic nightmare that Brexit promises to be?

Vote Leave, the official campaign to quit the EU, faces fresh questions over controversial payments it made to other anti-Europe movements during its successful referendum battle.

The Electoral Commission has denied a claim by Vote Leave’s chief strategist, Dominic Cummings, that it had given them “a letter of permission” to make the donations to other campaigns, which are now under investigation.

The commission announced a new investigation last week into donations Vote Leave made of £625,000 to BeLeave and £100,000 to Veterans for Britain, and whether the officially sanctioned organisation had exceeded its official spending limits.

Cummings had previously claimed that the Electoral Commission gave them permission “in writing” to make the donations. However, following months of Freedom of Information requests, the commission has now said it had no record of it. It said it had looked at all correspondence between Cummings/Vote Leave and the commission during the regulated period of the referendum (from April to June) and said: “We can’t find any record of any exchange with us on the subject of donations from that period.”

Source: Electoral body rejects claim by Vote Leave that it allowed donations | Politics | The Guardian

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