Vox Spanish ultra-right party recognizes European campaign financed with Iranian money although the country’s Electoral Law expressly prohibits it
Vox Spanish ultra-right party financed 80% of its campaign in the European elections in 2014 with funds from supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an opposition group Marxist-Islamic, and that is forbidden by current law Electoral (Loreg) .
The far-right party received 146 donations from Iranian exiles, worth 800,000 euros, over three months from fifteen different countries – such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the United States or Canada – to pay for their campaign.
The Spanish Central Electoral Board recalled in October 2013, months after the European elections, that no foreign person or entity can finance electoral parties or groups.At that time, Santiago Abascal, current leader , was general secretary of the recently created Vox. The former Vice President of the European Parliament Alejo Vidal-Quadras had been MEP for the PP until 2014, year in which he chose to present himself with the new formation.
In conversations with the media, Vidal-Quadras says that relations with the Iranian opposition group began when he began his work as a European parliamentarian in 1999, and that it was for him that they donated to Vox.