Bernard Grech has pledged to only accept campaign donations which are raised through a new crowdfunding platform.
Grech, a PN leadership hopeful, launched the platform today, urging his supporters to reach into their pockets to help out his campaign.
“You have a chance to use a legitimate digital platform to donate a small amount of money, with the option of remaining anonymous, so you can be free to help our campaign and make sure our message reaches everyone,” Grech said.
A spokesperson for Grech said this platform is being launched in the spirit of good governance and transparency and promised that the he won’t accept any donations unless they’re raised through it.
“If someone approaches Bernard Grech with a cheque or cash, he’ll tell them to donate it through the crowdfunding platform,” he said.
People will be able to donate anything between €1 and €250 at a go and will have the option of sending the Grech campaign their identities or remaining anonymous.
Grech’s campaign has set a €50,000 ceiling for campaign costs, which they said is based on calculations of other campaigns, specifically the Labour leadership contest between Robert Abela and Chris Fearne last January.
All donations will be audited, the audit report will be published, and any balance left in hand will be donated to the PN no matter whether Grech wins or loses.
“He was propelled to this position by the people and he’s now asking the people to join in and donate accordingly if they want this change to happen,” his spokesperson said.
Yesterday, Grech pledged to publish the findings of the due diligence currently being carried out on him by the PN’s Candidates Commission, something that PN leader Adrian Delia had already promised to do a few days earlier.