Financing Scandal of the Italian Parties
The Italian system of public financing the parties suffered again a huge scandal in some of its representatives. After scandal of ‘Tangentopoli’ in 1993 nothing seems to be changed. In these days the Northern League (Lega Nord), the most popular party in northern Italy, which has always distinguished itself for the fight against corruption and centralized party system, has been impeached in its highest scandal.
Its secretary Umberto Bossi has had to resign from secretariat after 22 years, to calm down the anger and the indignation of the militants who have felt cheated by greed and corruption of their party. In particular, Bossi’ sons, his wife and the treasurer Belsito used public money not for political activity but for personal spending . Rosy Mauro, the vice President of the Senate and secretary of the union, called 'Sindacato Padania', has been expulsed from the party because she used money improperly.
The scandal of the Northern League comes out after a few days from another party’ scandal of ‘Margherita’, a party of centrist area, which is seen his treasurers Lusi, taking away 13 million euros from the party’s balance . What is emerging is a profoundly corrupt at the expense of citizens who pay about 4 euros each to finance the activities of political parties but in reality they end up in the pockets of politicians who spend it for personal and family activities and things. Having discredited policy of Berlusconi and the exclusion of all other parties, Mario Monti has been chosen to lead the country to give national and international credibility.
The policy was 'commissioner' and now these scandals worse the situation. Although there was a referendum calling for the abolition of public financing of political parties, politicians themselves have found another form to collect and spend public money without control and transparency. What you would expect is the transparent management of the budgets of the parties, which so far are not controlled by any external authority and authority.
Art.49 The Constitution says that the parties must be managed in a democratic and transparent way, they must be to serve the citizens for the democracy. Today, twenty years after the first major political corruption scandal of the parties, the Italian parties have not learned anything, and despite having the highest salaries in Europe, continue to manage personal, private and selfish citizens' money without accountability and without pay for any mistakes.