Brexit campaign group fined for breaking electoral law

July 17, 2018 - 5:07 am

LONDON (AP) — The official group campaigning for Britain's exit from the European Union at the 2016 EU referendum has been fined and referred to police for breaking electoral law.

Britain's Electoral Commission said the "Vote Leave" group, backed by senior politicians including former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, failed to declare 675,000 pounds ($894,000) it spent with data firm Aggregate IQ. The undeclared spending meant the campaign group exceeded legal spending limits by almost 500,000 pounds.

The commission said Tuesday it found significant evidence that Vote Leave did this by funneling cash to non-registered youth campaign group BeLeave.

It added that Vote Leave gave an inaccurate spending report. The group has been fined 61,000 pounds.

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