Local elections in October took place in the fourth quarter of 2021, which meant spending was above normal. The breakdown of party campaign expenses is here.
The remainder of the fourth quarter financial statements relate primarily to government grants, which all registered parties receive in direct proportion to their representation, and party donations, the other major source of party revenue.
Party membership fees are also reported, as well as income from assets held by a party.
Coalition partner and largest party by number of seats in the Riigikogu (34) Reform’s total revenue across all categories in Q4 2021 was €677,249.
The party raised €447,134 in state subsidies and a total of €224,290 in donations from 356 people.
This was the second highest amount of the parties represented, with Tarmo Tamm (not the same Tarmo Tamm who was Minister of the Environment in the Centre/Isamaa/SDE 2016-2019 coalition – editor’s note) the largest donor, with €40,000.
Real estate and forestry entrepreneur Tõnis Raide donated €25,000.
Wind farm contractor brothers Andres and Oleg Sõnajalg donated €10,000, as did Aleg Kirs, Kristo Seli and Toomas Luman.
Reform collected €2,768 in contributions, paid by 134 individuals, while its income from assets amounted to €3,058 over the quarter.
The center’s total revenue in the fourth quarter of 2021 was €488,713.
The bulk came from the state grant, at €341,926, while donations accounted for most of the rest, at €127,312.
280 people made a donation, the largest coming from Saaremaa businessman Nalmond Meri (€10,000) in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Many other important donors are Center Party MPs or ministers, including Andrei Korobeinik (€7,652) and Kaido Höövelson (€5,000), Public Administration Minister Jaak Aab (€4,304) and Minister Economic Affairs Taavi Aas (€3,250), as well as former Environment Minister Tõnis Mölder (€3,249) and Mölder’s replacement Erki Savisaar (€2,169).
Party chairman and Riigikogu speaker Jüri Ratas donated €2,226.
Additionally, Savisaar and Aab paid €2,291 and €2,000 in membership fees respectively, while MP and part-time taxi driver Martin Repinski was the most generous in this regard, offering €3,000.
Membership fees totaled €19,471 for just under 100 people, while the Center only received €3 in asset income during the quarter.
The center is in power with the reform and has 25 seats in the Riigikogu.
The conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), in opposition with 19 seats, achieved a total income of €304,344 in the fourth quarter of 2021, of which €249,869 came from the state subsidy.
€45,217 was donated to EKRE in the fourth quarter of 2021, by 213 people.
Former Riigikogu chairman Henn Põlluaas was his party’s biggest donor (€5,000), followed by party leader Martin Helme (€3,000) and MPs Anti Poolamets and Jaak Valge (€2,516 and €2,200). €), respectively.
EKRE collected €6,009 in dues from 461 party members, while income from assets was €3,249 for the fourth quarter of 2021.
The opposition Isamaa party (12 seats) collected €465,476 in Q4 2021, including €157,812 in the form of state subsidies.
Donations to Isamaa were substantial, totaling €300,145 from 198 donors for the quarter; Businessman and owner of fast lender Big Bank, Parvel Pruunsild, provided €100,000, while pharmaceutical magnate brothers Margus and Aivar Linnamäe each donated €50,000.
Kasper Kokk, businessman and former top skier, donated €10,000.
Thirty-six people paid their dues, for a total of €7,515. MP and former foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu paid most of the dues (€1,800).
The income from the party’s assets amounts to €8 (eight euros) for the quarter.
The opposition Social Democrat (SDE) has 10 seats in the Riigikogu and achieved a turnover of €225,342 for the quarter.
€131,510 of this came from state grants, while much of the rest (€89,568) came from donations, from a total of 90 people.
By far the largest donation was provided by former politician Kadi Pärnits (€21,000), while businessman Bruno Lill donated €10,000.
Other donors included SDE MEP and former government minister Sven Mikser (€6,479), former party leader Jegveni Ossinovski (€4,850) and construction tycoon Raivo Rand (€5,000).
The SDE collected €4,265 in contributions from 156 people.
Eesti 200 does not have a seat in the Riigikogu and its state support was therefore significantly lower than that of the other major parties, at €25,000.
Founded in 2018, the bulk of the party’s €79,449 revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021 came from donations, which amounted to €51,045 – from 76 people.
The largest donation came from Tarmo Tamm (see above), who provided €26,155.
Businessmen Oleg Ossinvoski and Aivar Berzin (€5,000 each) were also major donors, as was party leader Kristina Kallas (€3,500).
129 party members paid €3,406 in membership fees.
Fast facts on party finances in the fourth quarter of 2021:
Highest income: Reform – €677,249.
Largest state grant: Reform – €477,134.
Largest government subsidy as a percentage of total income: EKRE – 82 percent.
Largest total donations: Issama – €300,145.
Largest total donations as a percentage of total revenue: Issama – 64.4%.
Highest average donation per person: Isamaa (€1,515).
Largest number of donors: Reform (356).
Most significant dues receipts: Center (€19,471).
Highest membership fees as a percentage of total revenue: Center (4%).
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