Separate reporting requirements should be adopted for operational and electoral activities.
- If public funds are allocated with general regard to an electoral campaign it should be clarified that the funds can be used by the political party for any legitimate party purpose; specific conditions for the use of appropriations should be expressly indicated. If funds are appropriated strictly for campaign purposes and for such purposes only, guidance should be provided how to handle expenditure which cannot be classified as exclusively campaign related – as for example expenditure for (rent of) party premises, which are used both for current party business and for campaign activities, or for party employees who are employed by the party for both current and campaign activities. If applicable, guidance should also be provided as to both the span of time before and after an election during which the use of appropriations is legally acceptable and the time at which expenditure is considered to have occurred.
- Separate reporting requirements should be adopted for operational activities and electoral activities.