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1. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentLectures, workshops and public arrangements are exempt.
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2. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentCandidates shall use funds of the nominating party/coalition.
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3. Is there a ban on corporate donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentBan came into force in December 2011.
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4. Is there a ban on corporate donations to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentCandidates shall use funds of the nominating party/coalition.
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5. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentAll donations from legal entities are banned.
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6. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentCandidates shall use funds of the nominating party/coalition.
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7. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes
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8. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentCandidates shall use funds of the nominating party/coalition.
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9. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to political parties?
10. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to candidates?
11. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to political parties?
12. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to candidates?
13. Is there a ban on the use of state resources in favour or against a political party or candidate?
  • CodeYes
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14. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period?
  • CodeYes, for natural persons
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    Art 27.1 '1. An annual overall amount of financial and material donations received by a party in a year shall not exceed 60 000 GEL from each citizen. Annual amount of membership fee shall not exceed 1200 GEL from each member of party.' (Source: Organic Law of Georgia on Political Unions of Citizens, 1997 (as of 2012))

15. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during a non-election specific period, what is the limit?
  • Code Annual limit is 60,000 Lari [I$ 86,000]
  • CommentAll donations from legal entities are banned.
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16. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election?
17. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election, what is the limit?
  • Code Limit for individuals (including individual entrepreneurs) is 30 000 Lari [I$ 43,000]; for legal entities 100 000 Lari [I$ 143,000]
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18. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate?
19. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate, what is the limit?
  • Code Limit is individuals (including individual entrepreneurs); 30,000 Lari [I$ 43,000]; for legal entities - 100,000 Lari [I$ 143,000]. For majoritarian candidate (parliamentary elections) and candidate in local self-government representative body - Sakrebulo elections, limit is 10,000 Lari [I$ 14,000] (natural person); 30,000 Lari [I$ 43,000] (legal person)
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20. Is there a limit on the amount a candidate can contribute to their own election campaign?
21. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to political parties?
22. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to candidates?
23. Is there a ban on political parties engaging in commercial activities?
24. Is there a ban on political parties taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
25. Is there a ban on candidates taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
26. Is there a ban on donors to political parties/candidates participating in public tender/procurement processes?
27. Are there provisions requiring donations to go through the banking system?

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28. Are there provisions for direct public funding to political parties?
  • CodeYes, both regularly and in relation to campaigns
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29. What are the eligibility criteria for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeShare of votes in previous election
  • Comment4% of the vote in the last parliamentary elections or 3% in the last local elections. Funds for election campaigns are distributed to electoral subjects that obtain 5%, 10% and 3% of votes in the previous election.
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30. What is the allocation calculation for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeEqual | Proportional to votes received
  • CommentPartly equal, partly proportional to votes received. For funds related to elections, parties receiving 10% in presidential elections or 5% in parliamentary elections can recieve a one-time lump sum of a maximum FEL 1,000,000 to cover campaign expenses. Electoral subjects that obtain 3% or more of votes in general elections recieve a one-time lump sum of a maximum of GEL 500,000.
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31. What are the provisions on 'ear marking' direct public funding to political parties (how it should be used)?
  • CodeCampaign spending | Ongoing party activities
  • CommentFunds distributed in relation to election campaigns are to be used to cover campaign expenses.
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32. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentParties also receive extra funding for TV commercials during elections.
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33. What criteria determine allocation for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeEqual | Other
  • CommentEqual, or for those that have received certain share of votes
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34. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for candidates?
  • CodeYes
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    Only available to candidates nominated by parties receiving public funding.

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35. Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentBuildings under the management of the bodies of State or local self-government and government?are provided for campaign purposes (must be on equal conditions)
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36. Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties tied to gender equality among candidates?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentA party shall receive an additional 30% of the basic funding provided that the party list submitted by the party or electoral bloc maintains at least a 30% gender balance.
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37. Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties?
  • CodeNo
  • CommentThera are no provisions in the law
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38. Is there a ban on vote buying?
  • CodeYes
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39. Are there limits on the amount a political party can spend?
  • CodeYes
  • Comment0.2 % of Georgia?s GDP of the previous year
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40. If there are limits on the amount a political party can spend, what is the limit?
  • Code 0.2% of GDP
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41. Are there limits on the amount a candidate can spend?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentCeiling for annual spending is calculated in the following way: maximum amount of party spending (see q32) has to be divided by the number of voters in the whole country and then multiplied by number of voters in a district where an individual candidate runs
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42. If there are limits on the amount a candidate can spend, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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43. Are there limits on the amount that third parties can spend on election campaign activities?
44. Are there limits on traditional media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
45. Are there limits on online media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
46. Do any other restrictions on online media advertisement (beyond limits) exist?

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47. Do political parties have to report regularly on their finances?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentAnnual and weekly reports.
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48. Do political parties have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
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49. Do candidates have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
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50. Do third parties have to report on election campaign finances?
51. Is information in reports from political parties and/or candidates to be made public?
  • CodeYes
  • CommentState Audit Office publishes information on donations monthly online.
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52. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates reveal the identity of donors?
  • CodeYes
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53. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized income?
54. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized spending?
55. Which institution(s) receives financial reports from political parties and/or candidates?
  • CodeEMB | Auditing agency
  • CommentState Audit Office and Auditing Commission.
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56. Which institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeEMB | Other
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    Financial monitoring group established by the Central Election Commission monitors campaign finances

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57. What power is granted to the institution(s) responsible for examining reports and/or investigating violations?
58. What sanctions are provided for political finance infractions?
  • CodeFines | Forfeiture | Loss of public funding | Loss of nomination of candidate | Other
  • CommentElectoral subjects can be restricted from participating in future elections. See paragraph 34 in Organic Law of Georgia on Political Unions of Citizens for detailed list of fines.
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