Ometz asks police to investigate Kadima, Livni

Channel 10 report says party wastes much of the NIS 22 million in taxpayer funding it receives on bloated salaries, empty party branches, employing vote contractors.

June 3, 2011 02:50
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Tzipi Livni at a live Q&A session, Sunday.

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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 Hamakor.

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.

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“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 as possible.

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 unethically.

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 manner.

Kadima responded that it already submitted its financial reports to the comptroller, as every party does by law, and no wrongdoing was found.

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