FDP wants to prevent government grants to AfD-related foundation by law

Unlike other party-affiliated foundations, the Desiderius Erasmus Foundation is not subsidized by the state.

FDP wants to prevent government grants to AfD-related foundation by law

Unlike other party-affiliated foundations, the Desiderius Erasmus Foundation is not subsidized by the state. The AfD has therefore filed an organ dispute with the Federal Constitutional Court, it sees its right to equal opportunities violated. The AfD lawsuit will be heard verbally on Tuesday (10:00 a.m.) in Karlsruhe. (Az. 2 BvE 3/19)

Thomae said it was "not easy for the citizens to use tax money to support forces that are torpedoing our free and democratic basic order". The FDP politician called for "a foundation law with fixed criteria". This should "verifiably bind the work of the political foundations to the free-democratic basic order".

Thomae also called for the law to stipulate that a foundation only receives funding if the party close to it has been represented in the Bundestag for at least three full electoral periods. The foundations close to the Greens and Left only received state funds twelve or 15 years after they first entered the Bundestag, said the FDP politician. The AfD has been a member of the Bundestag for five years.

The Bundestag decides on grants to the political foundations as part of the budget deliberations. According to the 2022 budget law, only those who advocate the maintenance of the free-democratic basic order should be funded. However, there is no precise legal regulation for the financing of party-affiliated foundations.

In August, the AfD failed with an urgent application in Karlsruhe, with which they wanted to obtain immediate grants for the Desiderius Erasmus Foundation before the final decision was made.

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