Navalny gives account on election fund spending on Internet

Moscow mayor candidate Alexei Navalny said that he had spent 47 million rubles ($1.42 million) on the election campaign and that he asked his supporters to keep transferring money.

Moscow mayor candidate Alexei Navalny said that he had spent 47 million rubles ($1.42 million) on the election campaign and that he asked his supporters to keep transferring money.

"Over five weeks passed since the fundraising campaign began. You have given us over 49 million rubles ($1.49 million) during this time. Over 8,000 people donated to our election fund. What have we spend 47 million [rubles] ($1.42 million) on? I will give an account," Navalny posted on his LiveJournal account on Monday.

"We had over 8,000 legal donations and over 1,000 illegal ones (some did not state their patronymic, some did not specify the citizenship). This means that the latter [donations] have been returned to donators or to the budget. People from 79 regions (I will remind that the total number is 83) have supported us financially. And 85 percent of them are men and 15 percent are women. The average age of donators is 36 (men - 36 and women - 39)," Navalny said.

It was necessary to return almost 10 percent of the election funds, 3.7 million rubles ($112,000), and 500,000 rubles ($15,200) more are to be returned soon, Navalny said. And approximately 400,000 rubles have gone to the budget.

Twenty five people have donated over 100,000 rubles ($3,035).

Navalny has accounted for his spending: advertising accounts for highest amount spent - over 12.5 million rubles ($380,000) were spent on "creation and maintenance of our Internet resources, creation of video and radio clips, paying for air time on commercial radio stations."

Installing 1,000 of advertising cubes on Moscow streets cost less than 400,000 rubles ($12,000) excluding campaign materials and banners on balconies, over 800 banners have been distributed, cost 2.3 million rubles ($670,000).

A total of 8.7 million rubles ($264,000) were spent on holding rallies, printing and distributing posters, leaflets and invitations and renting the necessary equipment. Fifty-seven meetings with voters have been held.

Newspaper printing cost 8.5 million rubles ($258,000) and around 1.4 million rubles ($42,500) were spent on printing and distributing district newspapers. The production of other printed materials - leaflets, brochures, programs - took 3.5 million rubles ($106,200).

And 40,000 leaflets were distributed in traffic jams. Labels and stickers for cars cost approximately 1.75 million rubles ($53,000). The purchase of technical means for sociologists accounts for 500,000 rubles ($15,200) and the rent of premises for the campaign headquarters was 2.25 million rubles ($68,000). Other expenditures like paying for cell service, services of a notary and a photographer, souvenirs for volunteers, etc., amount to 300,000 rubles ($9,100).

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