According to Centar za Istraživačko Novinarstvo (The Investigative Journalism Centre – CINS), Serbian citizens, including party officials, have donated about 1.5 billion dinars to the previous and current parties in power, i.e. to the Democratic Party (DS), the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) and the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), over the past seven years.
The CINS website shows that half of this amount, about 764 million dinars, was donated to the SNS party, mainly in 2017 when the presidential elections were held in Serbia.
Some 215 million dinars arrived from donors living in less developed or devastated areas of the country, according to the annual financial reports of these parties.
The three parties also received more than 182 million dinars from legal entities.
Of the 1.5 billion dinars of donations, in the period from 2012 to the end of 2018, most of the money was given to these three parties by donors in Belgrade, almost a third (451 million dinars).
CINS also says that during 2012 and 2013, the DS raised more money than both the Progressives and the Socialists, but the situation has started to change since 2014 and the donations to the Democrats have decreased.
In these seven years, the SNS party has raised about 764 million dinars, almost as much as the DS and the SPS combined, but it must be said that these two parties did not have their own presidential candidate for the 2017 elections, as they supported others.
The analysis of the relationship between the SNS, DS and SPS shows that the average value, i.e. the real average value of monetary donations over the years, is higher among the Socialists.
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In 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018, the average value of donations received was about 200,000 dinars and in 2018 alone, the director of Srbijagas Public Enterprise, Dušan Bajatović, donated 800,000 dinars to the SPS party.
CINS also notes that Vuk Jeremic distinguished himself by the amount of donations received during the presidential candidacy in 2017. The civil group called “Moramo Bolje”, which he helmed, received over 223 million dinars during the election campaign through donations from private individuals, while the value of cash donations was 615,000 dinars.
Certain private companies donated 58 million dinars for Dragan Djilas’ campaign to the mayor of Belgrade in 2018, and of this amount, almost 40 million was donated by companies he owns, concludes CINS’ research.
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