Pruunsild donates €100,000 to Isamaa, Sõõrumaa €55,000 to Center Party ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Isamaa election campaign ad outside of Center Party headquarters in Tallinn.
Isamaa election campaign ad outside of Center Party headquarters in Tallinn. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

In the second quarter of 2020, the biggest donor to Isamaa, a junior member of the ruling government coalition, was Bigbank co-owner Parvel Pruunsild, who donated €100,000 to the party. The senior coalition party, the Center Party, received a donation of €55,000 from businessman Urmas Sõõrumaa.

The Center Party deducted from its aggregate donations a €50,000 contribution by little-known businesswoman Jana-Helen Juhaste regarding which police have launched a criminal investigation.

Sõõrumaa's large sum aside, most other individual donations remained below €1,000 in size.

Other significant donations included €1,500 by Taavi Aas, €2,089 by Aadu Must, €1,596 by Kersti Sarapuu, €2,100 by Ludmilla Semmel, €1,567 by Tõnis Mölder, €5,000 by Sander Sellin, €4,590 by Yana Toom and €2,222 by Kadri Simson.

The Center Party's revenues in the second quarter totaled €402,429, including €341,926 in state subsidies and €19,318 in party membership dues. With the party having to deduct one major donation, second quarter donations to the Center Party amounted altogether to €41,184.

Isamaa donations

Second quarter donations to Isamaa amounted to €145,390. Major contributions beyond that of Pruunsild included €15,000 by entrepreneur Kaspar Kokk and €30,000 by businessman Hillar Teder.

Isamaa's revenue in the second quarter totaled €312,871, including €157,812 in state subsidies and €9,660 in membership dues.

Reform donations

The largest donation made to the opposition Reform Party in the second quarter was €5,000 by construction businessman Toomas Luman.

As the rest of the donations made to the party last quarter were significantly smaller in size, donations to the Reform Party totaled €10,285.

The Reform Party's revenue in the second quarter totaled €459,153, including €447,134 in state subsidies and €1,728 in membership dues.

The party also announced that as of June 30, it had paid off all obligations remaining from the previous elections and that the party's net assets were positive, laying a strong foundation for preparations for the next elections.

EKRE donations

Second quarter donations to the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), the second junior member of the government coalition, totaled €11,516.

This included a €1,000 donation from Arvi Karotam, €1,000 from Paul Puustusmaa, €2,500  from Eston Kurvits and €1,230 from Alar Laneman.

EKRE's revenue in the second quarter totaled €267,850, including €249,869 in state subsidies and €5,449 in membership dues.

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