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1. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to political parties?
  • CodeYes
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    Ban seems to apply only to foreign legal persons.

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    Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

2. Is there a ban on donations from foreign interests to candidates?
  • CodeYes
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    Election campaigns can only be funded by state support, nominating political parties and national individuals.

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    Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

3. Is there a ban on corporate donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes
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    Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

4. Is there a ban on corporate donations to candidates?
  • CodeYes
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    Election campaigns can only be funded by state support, nominating political parties and national individuals.

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5. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to political parties?
  • CodeNo data
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6. Is there a ban on donations from Trade Unions to candidates?
  • CodeYes
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    Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

7. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to political parties?
  • CodeYes
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    Source: Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

8. Is there a ban on anonymous donations to candidates?
  • CodeNo data
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9. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to political parties?
  • CodeNo data
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10. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with government contracts to candidates?
  • CodeNo data
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11. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to political parties?
  • CodeNo data
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12. Is there a ban on donations from corporations with partial government ownership to candidates?
  • CodeNo data
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13. Is there a ban on the use of state resources in favour or against a political party or candidate?
  • CodeNo data
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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 7.1, 'Donations of a pecuniary nature made by identified natural persons are subject to the annual limit of 30 monthly minimum national salaries per donor and are compulsorily titled by check bank transfer.

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    Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

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?
  • CodeNo data
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16. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election?
  • CodeNo data
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17. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a political party during an election, what is the limit?
  • CodeNo data
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18. Is there a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate?
  • CodeYes, for natural persons
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    Art. 16.3, The donations provided for in sub-paragraphs c) and d) 1 can be obtained by raising funds, and are subject to the limit of 70 national minimum monthly salaries per donor, are compulsorily qualified by check or by other banking means that identification of the amount and its origin.

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    Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

19. If there is a limit on the amount a donor can contribute to a candidate, what is the limit?
  • Code 70 mininum monthly wages
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    Donations must not exceed 70 minimum monthly wages.

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    Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

20. Is there a limit on the amount a candidate can contribute to their own election campaign?
  • CodeNo data
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21. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to political parties?
  • CodeNo data
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22. Is there a limit on in-kind donations to candidates?
  • CodeNo data
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23. Is there a ban on political parties engaging in commercial activities?
  • CodeNo data
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24. Is there a ban on political parties taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeYes
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    Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

25. Is there a ban on candidates taking loans in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo data
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26. Is there a ban on donors to political parties/candidates participating in public tender/procurement processes?
  • CodeNo data
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27. Are there provisions requiring donations to go through the banking system?
  • CodeNo data
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28. Are there provisions for direct public funding to political parties?
  • CodeYes, both regularly provided funding and in relation to campaigns
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    Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

29. What are the eligibility criteria for political parties to receive public funding?
  • Code Equal
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    http://aceproject.org/electoral-advice/archive/questions/CDCountry?set_language=en&topic=PC&country=ST

30. What is the allocation calculation for political parties to receive public funding?
  • CodeNo data
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31. What are the provisions on 'ear marking' direct public funding to political parties (how it should be used)?
  • CodeNo data
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32. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeNo data
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33. What criteria determine allocation for free or subsidized access to media for political parties?
  • CodeOther
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    Based on the result of the previous election

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    http://aceproject.org/electoral-advice/archive/questions/CDCountry?set_language=en&topic=PC&country=ST

34. Are there provisions for free or subsidized access to media for candidates?
  • CodeNo data
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35. Are there provisions for any other form of indirect public funding?
  • CodeNo
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36. Is the provision of direct public funding to political parties tied to gender equality among candidates?
  • CodeNo
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37. Are there provisions for other financial advantages to encourage gender equality in political parties?
  • CodeNo
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38. Is there a ban on vote buying?
  • CodeNo data
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39. Are there limits on the amount a political party can spend?
  • CodeYes
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    Limit applies to election campaigns only.

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    Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

40. If there are limits on the amount a political party can spend, what is the limit?
  • CodeNot applicable
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    Art 20, 1 - Is the maximum admissible ceiling for expenditure incurred in each national or regional election campaign? fixed at the following values: a) 15,000 monthly minimum national salaries in the electoral campaign for the President of the Republic, plus 3,000 national minimum monthly salaries in the case of competing for the second round; National monthly sums for each candidate presented during the electoral campaign for the National Assembly. 2 - The maximum admissible limit of expenditures incurred in the electoral campaigns for the Regional Assembly and local authorities? (a) 2000 national minimum monthly salaries in the region or districts with more than 15,000 voters, (b) 1600 national monthly minimum salaries in the region or districts with more than 10,000, and at ? 15,000 voters, c) 750 monthly minimum national salaries in the region or districts with more than 5000 and at most, 10000 voters; (d) 500 monthly minimum national salaries in the region or districts from 2000 to 5,000 voters.3- The limits provided for in the previous numbers apply to political parties, groups or groups of electing constituent citizens, as determined by the electoral law.4 - For determining the values ​​referenced in n. 1, political parties or colleges must declare to the Constitutional Court the number of candidates submitted for each electoral event.

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    Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

41. Are there limits on the amount a candidate can spend?
  • CodeNo
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42. If there are limits on the amount a candidate can spend, what is the limit?
  • CodeNo data
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43. Are there limits on the amount that third parties can spend on election campaign activities?
  • CodeNo data
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44. Are there limits on traditional media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo data
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45. Are there limits on online media advertising spending in relation to election campaigns?
  • CodeNo data
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46. Do any other restrictions on online media advertisement (beyond limits) exist?
  • CodeNo data
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47. Do political parties have to report regularly on their finances?
  • CodeYes
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    Annually 

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     Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

48. Do political parties have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeYes
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     Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

49. Do candidates have to report on their election campaign finances?
  • CodeNo data
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50. Do third parties have to report on election campaign finances?
  • CodeNo data
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51. Is information in reports from political parties and/or candidates to be made public?
  • CodeYes
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    Art. 23.2 The decisions handed down by the Constitutional Court on the accounts referred to in the preceding paragraph, as well as the respective accounts, with the revenues and expenses duly broken down, are published free of charge in the Diário da Republica and publicly available on the official website of the Constitutional Court on the Internet.

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     Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

52. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates reveal the identity of donors?
  • CodeNo data
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53. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized income?
  • CodeNo data
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54. Must reports from political parties and/or candidates include information on itemized spending?
  • CodeNo data
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55. Which institution(s) receives financial reports from political parties and/or candidates?
  • CodeCourt
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    Art 23, 'The annual accounts of the political parties and the accounts of the campaigns are appreciated by the Constitutional Court, which pronounces on their regularity and legality.'

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    Law No. 09/04 of financing of political parties and election campaigns

56. Which institution(s) is responsible for examining financial reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeYes, court
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     Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

57. What power is granted to the institution(s) responsible for examining reports and/or investigating violations?
  • CodeNo data
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58. What sanctions are provided for political finance infractions?
  • CodeFines | Prison | Forfeiture | Suspension of public funding
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    Article 28 - 30, Article 28. (Without prejudice to the civil or criminal liability to which the law is binding, those who violate the rules concerning the financing of parties and the electoral campaigns provided for in chapters II and III shall be subject to the sanctions provided for in the following paragraphs and articles. 2 - The leaders of political parties, natural persons and administrators of legal persons who personally participate in the attribution, Prohibited funds are punished with imprisonment from 1 to 5 years. 3 - Financial officers, candidates for presidential elections or the first proponents of groups of voters who, the limits laid down in Article 20 are observed by the Member States in the field of elections; or who obtain for the election campaign prohibited revenues or for forms other than those provided for in the present law, shall be punished with a term of imprisonment of one to five years. 4 - The same penalties shall be paid to the leaders of political parties, and the administrators of legal persons who personally participate in the infractions foreseen in the previous number.5 - The criminal procedure depends on the entity's complaint under article 24.? made to the Public Ministry. Article 29. (Failure to fulfill the obligations imposed on the financing of political parties) 1. Political parties that do not comply with the obligations imposed in the cap Section II shall be punished with a minimum fine of up to 200 national minimum monthly salaries in the amount of 500 monthly minimum national salaries, in addition to the loss in favor of the State of the values The officers of political parties who personally participate in the infringement provided for in the preceding paragraph shall be punished with a minimum fine of up to 25 minimum monthly national salaries in the amount of 250 monthly minimum national salaries.3 - Natural persons who violate Articles 4 and 5.? are subject to a minimum fine of up to 25 national minimum monthly salaries of up to 250 national minimum monthly salaries.4 - Legal persons who violate the provisions of the chapter II, with a minimum fine equivalent to twice the amount of the donation, which is equal to the amount of that amount.5 - The administrators of legal persons who personally participate in the infraction referred to in the previous paragraph are punished with a fine of up to 25 national minimum monthly salaries of up to 250 national minimum monthly salaries. 6 - Failure to submit the accounts within the period provided for in Article 87 ? (1) of Article 26. It determines the suspension of the payment of the state subsidy to which the party is entitled, ? date of said presentation.Article 30.? (Perception of revenue or illicit expenses) 1 - Political parties and groups of citizens and candidates for President of the Republic that obtain income for the electoral campaign for forms not consented by the present law or do not observe the limits foreseen in article 20 and are punished with a minimum fine of 200 minimum monthly salaries nationals in " and the loss to the State of amounts illegally received.2 - Natural persons who violate the provisions of Article 16. shall be punished with a minimum fine of 20 national minimum monthly salaries and a maximum of 100 national minimum monthly salaries.3 - Legal persons who violate the provisions of Article 16. shall be punished with a minimum fine equivalent to three times the amount of the donation forbidden at a rate equal to the maximum of four times that amount.4 - The administrators of legal persons who personally participate in the breach referred to in the previous paragraph punished with a fine of 50 national minimum salaries of up to 250 national minimum monthly salaries.

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    Law No. 09/04 on Financing of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns

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