Grabar-Kitarović Spent 9.57 Million Kuna on Presidential Campaign, Milanović 3.75 Million

By 5 February 2020

ZAGREB, February 5, 2020 - Outgoing President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović spent 9.57 million kuna on her presidential campaign, while President-elect Zoran Milanović spent 3.75 million kuna, their campaign financing reports show.

Milanović ran a deficit of one million kuna; he had received 1.28 million kuna from his Social Democratic Party (SDP) and 1.44 million kuna in donations. However, under a government decision, he is entitled to 1.2 million kuna to cover his campaign costs. Milanović spent most of the money on advertising - slightly over 2 million kuna.

Grabar-Kitarović, the candidate of the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), spent 9.57 million kuna on her campaign, almost reaching the maximum amount she was allowed to spend under the law.

Under the law on the financing of political activities, election campaigns and referendums, the maximum amount a candidate may spend is 8 million kuna, or 9.6 million kuna if they make it into a second round of voting.

Grabar-Kitarović spent most of the money on advertising - 4.78 million kuna. She received nearly 7 million kuna from the HDZ and about 2.6 million from donors.

The HDZ candidate spent more on her campaign this year than five years ago when she had spent 8.13 million kuna.

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