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Second Pre-Poll Donations and Loans Report at Scottish Independence Referendum Published

August 5, 2014

LONDON, Aug. 5 -- The British Electoral Commission issued the following news release:

More than Pounds200,000 (Pounds216,278) in donations to registered campaigners at the Scottish Independence Referendum have been reported to the Electoral Commission in the second of its four pre-poll donations and loans report.

Under the Scottish Independence Referendum Act, registered campaigners must complete pre-poll reports setting out what donations and loans they have received over Pounds7,500 between commencement of the Act (18 December 2013) and 5 September 2014.

This second pre-poll report covers the period from 27 June 2014 to 24 July 2014. Any campaigner that registered after the deadline for the first pre-poll report (3 July) must report any reportable donations or loans dating back to 18 December 2013.

There were six registered campaigners with reportable donations.

Outcome: Yes

* Wealthy Nation - Pounds10,000 * Yes Scotland Limited (designated lead campaigner) - Pounds55,000

Outcome: No

* Better Together 2012 Ltd (designated lead campaigner) - Pounds10,000 * Let's Stay Together - Pounds46,501 * The Scottish Research Society - Pounds74,747 * WFS2014 Ltd - Pounds20,000

Twenty four registered campaigners submitted a declaration that they had no reportable donations. All registered campaigners submitted their information on time and there were no donations that should have been reported in a previous publication.

No registered campaigners submitted any reportable loans or credit facilities.

Since the first pre-poll donations and loans publication (, 11 campaigners have registered with the Electoral Commission.

Details of all reportable donations and loans to registered campaigners, including the total amount for both reporting periods can be viewed in this document (PDF) (

This is the first time voters anywhere in the UK have been able to see how campaigners are financed before they cast their vote.

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