The VVD wants to set a limit on gifts that the party receives from donors. These should not exceed 100,000 euros, said party chairman Van der Wal at a digital party conference.
Van der Wal spoke of a dilemma. On the one hand, according to her, political parties in the Netherlands receive little funding compared to other countries. On the other hand, she does not want to charge the suspicion that the VVD is making itself dependent on a generous giver, who may want influence in return.
That is why the party adopts the recommendation of former Christian Union group leader Veling, who suggested this summer that one person may donate a maximum of one ton to a party. “That makes us less vulnerable and suits us,” said VVD chairman Van der Wal.
In June, there was a fuss about a donation of 1.2 million euros from millionaire Hans van der Wind to the CDA. That party then stated in a statement that the donor had no influence on the political course.