(photo credit: Idan Gross )
The Ometz organization that promotes good governance wrote State Police Insp.-
Gen. Yohanan Danino on Thursday to ask him to have the police investigate
alleged corruption in Kadima that was revealed by Channel 10’s show
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 30 million debt
accrued from unsuccessful municipal campaigns.
“We urge you to instruct
police investigators to urgently deal with our complaint about wrongdoing in
Kadima and the worrying findings of Channel 10’s study,” Ometz Project Manager
Natan Lahav wrote.
Kadima MK Avi Dichter, who is a former Shin-Bet chief,
told Israel Radio that he was ashamed of what was happening in his party. He
said he would urge the Kadima faction to deal with the report’s findings as soon
Likud MKs Ophir Akunis, who heads the party’s response team,
said the report revealed Opposition leader Tzipi Livni’s true face. Akunis
accused Livni of hypocrisy for scolding others while she behaves
Akunis asked the state comptroller’s office to investigate
the report, and said he expected the head of the Knesset State Control
Committee, Kadima MK Yoel Hasson, to host a meeting on the issue in an unbiased
Kadima responded that it already submitted its financial reports
to the comptroller, as every party does by law, and no wrongdoing was found.