The president of Orlen, Daniel Obajtek, and the president of Tauron, Paweł Szczeszek, each paid PLN 45,000 to Law and Justice in November, “Polityka” reported. This is close to the maximum amount that an individual can pay into a political party account in one year.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Act on the Financing of Political Parties, the total sum of payments from an individual to a political party may not exceed 15 times the minimum remuneration for work in one year. This year the limit is PLN 45,150.
Transfers from the heads of Orlen and Tauron
Amounts close to this sum were paid in November to the account of Law and Justice, among others, the president of Orlen Daniel Obajtek and president of Tauron, Paweł Szczeszek, the weekly “Polityka” reported in the online edition. Each of them transferred PLN 45,000. The register shows the date of 28 November for Obajtek’s transfer, and 23 November for Szczeszka.
In November, a transfer to PiS (PLN 42,000) was also made by Robert Perkowski, who has been a member of Orlen’s management board since November 3, and was previously vice president of operations PGNiG.
According to “Polityka”, the November list of payments also includes the following names: Krzysztof Kozłowski (member of the management board of PZU SA – PLN 45,000, Agnieszka Osuch (director of the PZU Prevention Office – PLN 10,000), Grzegorz Janas, president of PZU Centrum Operacji SA – PLN 20,000) and Dominik Witek (member of the Management Board of PZU Zdrowie SA – PLN 20,000).
Earlier, in early November, “Polityka” reported that five people from the management of the state-owned Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń made donations of PLN 45,150 to the Law and Justice account within six days.
This exact amount was paid by five persons from the management of PZU: Beata Kozłowska-Chyła – president of PZU SA; Małgorzata Sadurska – vice-president of PZU; Piotr Nowak – vice-president of PZU; Andrzej Jaworski – president of PZU Zdrowie, member of the management board of PZU Życie. Ernest Bejda – member of the management board of PZU, member of the management board of PZU Życie, former boss CBA.
Reportage about the “para-campaign” of PiS MEPs
Payments made to PiS became famous thanks to the reports “Black on White” on TVN24.
Journalist tvn24.pl Grzegorz Łakomski and Dariusz Kubik from the editorial office of “Czarno na Białej” analyzed the financing of the election campaigns of PiS candidates in the last elections to the European Parliament. They found that a significant part of these campaigns was financed by persons holding managerial positions in government-dependent companies and state institutions dependent on PiS.
– In this way, an integrated system of access to the channel is created – commented on the findings of Łakomski and Kubik, Piotr Zgorzelski from PSL. – If you are passive, mediocre, but faithful and still pay the tithe for your patron’s campaign, then you can work – said Jan Strzeżek from Pogranicza.
Marcin Kierwiński from the Civic Coalition reminded that “the condition for making payments to the committee is their voluntary nature”. -Then they’re legal. If these payments were part of a transaction that someone arranged a job for someone and then they paid for the campaign, then it is simply against the law – emphasized the MP.
Obajtek: I made donations to the Szydło campaign myself
In Radio Zet, the president of the company, Daniel Obajtek, was asked about identical payments to the election campaigns of Beata Szydło and Joanna Kopcińska, made by 22 high-ranking managers working for Orlen. He said there was “no suggestion” on his part.
– I don’t know what the problem is. These were legal deposits and anyone has the right to legally deposit. These were not payments to poles, to family members, so it was voluntary. And if it is voluntary, no one breaks this law, he said.
– We make payments honestly, in accordance with the law – said Daniel Obajtek. – I have been in Warsaw for about eight years and I have never had any suggestion from the political side “position for money”. These are voluntary contributions, he added.
“It’s his right,” he said. – If I sympathize with one of the parties, I have the right to pay myself legally. I don’t do it by substitutes. I have this right and let’s not curse reality. Let’s not break it, because I think it’s a transparent situation – he assessed.
Obajtek said that he himself made payments to the campaign of former Prime Minister Beata Szydło. – I have known the Prime Minister for 25 years, I value and respect her very much. In no case did the Prime Minister ask for payments. It was solely my initiative. I can do what I want with my money,” he added.
Main photo source: PAP/Łukasz Gągulski