During the first two weeks of the new year, managers associated with state-owned companies transferred over PLN 300,000 to the Law and Justice party account, Wirtualna Polska reported on Friday. The donors are people associated with, among others, Orlen, Tauron or Bank Pekao.
Wirtualna Polska wrote that on January 2, 2023, to the account PIS transfers were received from five managers associated with state-owned companies. According to WP, the Vice-President of the Management Board for Strategy and Development at Tauron Patryk Demski transferred PLN 40,000. The payment of PLN 30,000 is to come from Lechosław Rojewski, Vice-President of the Management Board for Finance at PGE. Member of the management board for communication and marketing in Orlen, Adam Burak, was to transfer PLN 45,000.
As reported by Wirtualna Polska, on the same day, the PiS party account received PLN 40,000 from Tomasz Hryniewicz, who at the time of the payment was the vice-president of the management board of Grupa Azoty SA and the president of the management board of Grupa Azoty Puławy (he no longer holds both functions). PLN 45,000, WP wrote, while Paweł Majewski, president of the Enea Group, paid.
According to Wirtualna Polska, in the following days, the ruling party’s account received transfers from successive managers associated with Zakłady Azotowe Puławy SA, Bank Pekao, Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka SA and Lotos Kolej. Dariusz Dumkiewicz, deputy president of the management board for trade and investment at Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka SA, Dariusz Puchała, who is listed in the National Court Register as a member of the management board of Lotos Kolej, and Jacek Janiszek, vice president of the management board of Zakłady Azotowe Puławy SA, were to pay PLN 25,000 each.
The record amount in the entire statement, PLN 50,000, as WP wrote, was transferred by Piotr Zborowski, vice-president of the management board of Bank Pekao, who oversees the strategy department there.
The WP reported that by January 13, i.e. in less than two weeks, nine people associated with state-owned companies paid a total of PLN 325,000 to the PiS account.
According to WP, since July the account of the ruling party has been credited with over PLN 1.6 million.
The maximum transfer amount has increased
Wirtualna Polska reminded that since July last year political parties are obliged to publish a list of payments made to their accounts. According to Art. 25 of the Act on Political Parties, every Polish citizen who has a permanent place of residence in the country may donate funds to a political party.
The total sum of payments from a natural person, excluding membership fees, may not exceed 15 times the minimum remuneration for work in one year. As counted by HR, this year, with the increase minimum wagethe maximum transfer can be PLN 52,350.
As WP wrote, experts point out that as long as transfers are voluntary, payments are legal.
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