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The Likud denounced Kadima as corrupt following a Channel 10 investigative
report Wednesday night that revealed alleged misuse of the party’s
The report by Channel 10 senior analyst Raviv Drucker said the
party wastes much of the NIS 22 million in taxpayer funding it receives on
bloated administrative salaries, empty party branches, employing vote
contractors who have side jobs and paying back the party’s NIS 30m. debt accrued
from unwise and unsuccessful municipal campaigns.
According to the
report, the difference between administrative costs in Kadima and Likud is more
than NIS 2m. Kadima pays its director-general Moshe Shehori NIS 52,000 a month
compared with the NIS 43,000 earned by his Likud counterpart, Gadi Arieli.
Kadima also pays its treasurer, legal adviser and pollster much more than the
Likud, the report said.
Drucker suggested that Livni had employed vote
contractors to gain their support in the next leadership primary in which she is
expected to face off for a second time against her party rival, MK Shaul
Kadima MKs Meir Sheetrit and Otniel Schneller complained about the
party’s management in the report. Both accused Livni of hiding information from
the Kadima faction, which is supposed to be the party’s governing
“It’s not proper for the party to be run this way,” Sheetrit
said. “I have never seen the budget of the party.”
Schneller said, “We
are supposed to be the board of directors of the party but we don’t see any of
Kadima said in response to the report that Livni had cut
the party’s budget to deal with a debt that predated her chairmanship of the
party. The party said the salaries quoted in the report were incorrect, and it
denied employing vote contractors and noted that much of the staff of the party
did not support Livni.
“The bottom line is that despite political
problems and challenges, Kadima under Livni not only does not waste resources,
it cuts millions to save money, and it will continue to do so under Livni’s
instructions,” Kadima’s spokesman said.
Drucker’s last probe two months
ago investigated Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s travels abroad.
report led to a scandal and libel lawsuit from Netanyahu against
The Likud released a statement following Wednesday night’s
report mocking Kadima’s promises of good governance and changing the way
politics works in Israel.
“The banner of clean politics that was hoisted
by Mrs. Clean was dirtied tonight and fell to half mast in shame,” the Likud
“Kadima was revealed to be a wasteful party that
distributes favors to vote contractors and bloats the salaries of its leaders
and their lackeys at a time of economic crisis.”
The Likud added that
Kadima was “born in sin and endures in sin.”