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Phillips says he has no evidence PNP members pocketed campaign money

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 8:52 PM
Phillips: There was no fall off in expected contributions from the private sector, even though the report said issues such as the non-participation in national debates resulted in a diversion of funds to the Jamaica Labour Party.

Jovan Johnson, Staff Reporter

The People's National Party (PNP's) national campaign director, Dr Peter Phillips, says he has no evidence to support the claim implied in the Norman Horne report that some members may have robbed the party of money that should have been used for the elections.

The report claimed that PNP members who held senior government positions up to February 25 were actively in the market for what seemed to be sole benefit of their personal campaigns.

However, Phillips says he is not aware of the situation described in the report.

An appraisal committee set up by the PNP after the February 25 election defeat had found that there was a lack of coordination in the fundraising effort.
IN PHOTO: PNP Treasurer Norman Horne

Phillips acknowledged seeing Horne’s report but said he has not spoken with the treasurer about the document.

The PNP campaign director also said there was no fall off in expected contributions from the private sector, even though the report said issues such as the non-participation in national debates resulted in a diversion of funds to the Jamaica Labour Party.

Ten private-sector entities had disclosed that they contributed a combined total of more than $144 million to the two parties for the general election.

The Horne report has called for offending members to make a full, transparent, and confidential account of all of the funds received by Friday, July 29.

Horne has declined to speak on the matter.