About the APPG
Formed originally by Fair Vote UK, Stephen Kinnock MP, and the Electoral Reform Society, the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Electoral Campaigning Transparency is limited to issues that fall within the scope of the Electoral Commission’s three themes:
Transparency (digital and traditional);
Deterrence (How we can ensure the Electoral Commission has the level of armoury needed to deter and, if necessary, penalise adequately).
Monitoring (How we can ensure there is a process/mechanism to review whether digital campaigning laws are up-to-date and can be reformed immediately when needed).
Areas of investigation
- Funding and spending on campaigns (to include issues such as where money comes from
- Money spent outside of regulated periods (e.g. database creation, involvement of third parties/external agencies etc)
- Reporting on spending (e.g. breakdown of social media spend, reporting in real time)
- Local and national spending limits and regulating the difference
- Online political campaign adverts to include but not be limited to: imprints, public searchable ad databases and codes of practice for campaigners
- Investigatory and enforcement powers of the Electoral Commission
- Possible regulatory frameworks to ensure maintenance of laws put in place
- New transparency requirements and restrictions for political donations, particularly for “dark money” political contributions given through proxy donors, unincorporated associations, or shell corporations.