It is reported that the current President 100% financed the campaign from his own pocket, spending almost 415 million hryvnias.
Among the presidential candidates, the current President Petro Poroshenko transferred the most to his election fund — 415 million UAH, which is a record in the history of presidential elections in Ukraine.
This is reported by the Public Movement CHESTNO with reference to the interim financial reports that were released by the CEC.
It is noted that the undisputed leader in terms of the size of the election fund is Poroshenko, who financed his campaign from his own pocket for 100%.
It is reported that from February 8 to March 18, he transferred to his electoral fund 415 million hryvnias.
“If Poroshenko does not weaken his campaign, then, in the end, it will only officially cost him more than 0.5 billion hryvnias. If we take into account Poroshenko’s last year’s television advertising, then only the visible part of his expenses will reach 0.7 billion, ” the publication states.
According to CHESTNO, in hryvnia equivalent, the expenses of Petro Poroshenko in elections are a record in the history of presidential elections in Ukraine.
“However, in terms of dollars, Poroshenko officially spent only 15.4 million dollars, while Viktor Yanukovych spent more than 40 million dollars (322 million hryvnias) for two rounds of 2010 elections, and Yulia Tymoshenko – 36 million dollars (290 million hryvnias) “, – stated by CHESTNO.
Activists add that the size of Tymoshenko’s election fund, according to its interim financial report, is 164 million hryvnias, which is 250 million less than that of Petro Poroshenko.
It is reported that all funds to her election fund Tymoshenko received from the accounts of the “Batkivshchyna” party.
In CHESTNO noted that since last year, Tymoshenko has spent on advertising about 320 million hryvnias.
It is reported that Volodymyr Zelensky and Sergei Taruta occupy the third and fourth places in the rating of expenditures on election campaigns.
It is noted that the Zelensky election fund was filled with the most diversified, that is, from various sources.
“Most of all – more than 68 million – individuals have transferred to the savings account of the election fund. Almost 16 million more to Zelensky were transferred by the “Servant of the People” party,” the publication states.
It is reported that Taruta collected 4 million hryvnias less than Volodymyr Zelensky, but was forced to return only 1.3 million to donors, so the size of his electoral fund is even slightly higher than that of Zelensky.
It is reported that in general, from the time of registration and until March 18, the accumulative account of the Taruta election fund received more than 98 million hryvnias, of which 57 million came from individuals.
“Nearly 33 million Taruta has invested in the campaign from his own pocket. Another 7 million were transferred by ‘Osnova’ party,” activists said.
It is reported that the UKROP party candidate Olexander Shevchenko closes the row of top five, with 66 million received on his electoral account.
It is noted that, according to the report, Shevchenko did not invest from his own funds, and UKROP transferred 38.5 million to his electoral account.
Another 27.6 million Shevchenko received from individuals and legal entities.
“5 million hryvnias the manager of the savings account returned to donors. The alleged reason is the same as Zelensky’s,” the publication states.
It is reported that the rating in terms of earnings in electoral accounts may change because the interim financial reports of ten candidates have not yet been made public. Among them are the reports of candidates who actively carry out their campaigns and spend significant resources on television advertising: Oleg Lyashko, Alexander Vilkul, and Anatoly Hritsenko.