Campaign spending: new report out today…

THE Electoral Commission has a new report out today on campaign spending in last year’s election. The downloadable report shows how political parties and candidates spent their funds contesting the 2003 Assembly election. Spot anything interesting?The Electoral Commission said: This was the first election to the Northern Ireland Assembly at which parties were subject to a new set of controls on campaign spending. As part of our role to promote transparency, expenditure returns submitted by parties and candidates have been analysed both to reveal trends and to examine how parties coped with the new controls.