The Electoral Fee fined Vote Go away £61,000 ($81,000) for coordinating with one other marketing campaign group and exceeding spending limits in the course of the 2016 referendum marketing campaign.
In a damning ruling, the fee stated it had imposed a punitive effective on Vote Go away, accusing it of irritating the watchdog’s investigation.
“The fee is … glad past cheap doubt that Vote Go away exceeded the spending restrict” and dedicated an offense beneath the Political Events, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, the report stated.
It dominated Vote Go away had damaged guidelines by coordinating with one other group, BeLeave. Darren Grimes, the founding father of BeLeave, was fined £20,000 ($26,000). Grimes and Vote Go away official David Halsall have been referred to the police.
“Marketing campaign teams can work collectively to realize a selected final result, however their spending — when mixed — should not exceed their particular person spending restrict,” it added. “The place a lead campaigner is working along with different marketing campaign teams, all of the spending will rely in the direction of the lead campaigner’s complete and must fall throughout the £7 million restrict.”
Grimes and BeLeave made funds of round £675,000 ($894,000) to a Canadian knowledge analytics agency Mixture IQ, which “ought to have been handled as incurred by Vote Go away,” the fee stated.