“Reasonable grounds to suspect” that Leave.EU broke the law – Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission has launched an investigation into spending at the European Union referendum by the campaign group Leave.EU, it has announced.

The Commission says the investigation will focus on whether the Brexit-supporting campaign took “impermissible” donations and said there were “reasonable grounds to suspect that potential offences” may have been committed by the campaign. [The Independent]

Leave.EU was the Arron Banks / Nigel Farage campaign body during the European referendum campaign last year. It has already been fined £50,000 for breaking the law over spam text messages. Arron Banks’s registered business address is also the address used for 11 different pro-Brexit organisations which were struck off by the regulators for not complying with the law.

The Electoral Commission’s reference to its investigation covering services given to the campaign suggests it will include Cambridge Analytica, which has been in the spotlight for the apparent difference between what it said it did for the referendum and what the official expense returns said.

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