Taxpayers have so far paid out a total of $56 million to political parties and candidates in the 2013 Federal Election, including $2 million to billionaire businessman Clive Palmer.
Payments were calculated by the Australian Electoral Commission based on the votes received as of September 27. The AEC said today that the $56 million accounted for 99% of funding entitlements, with the remaining sum to be paid when vote counting was finalised.
According to the AFR, Palmer is estimated to have spent between $15 million and $20 million on his election campaign.
Via the AEC, here’s how taxpayer dollars were distributed:
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