The Sunday Times used an elaborate investigation involving undercover reporters and a meeting with Peter Cruddas to uncover him offering cash for access and even cash for feedback into the policy committee.After seeing this tweet, I was able to do my own small amount of research on this as well. On the Conservative website, ‘cash for access’ within the Tory party is openly offered. Forgive me for being naive, but there is something wrong with a situation where donors can pay £50,000 to be “ invited to join David Cameron and other senior figures from the Conservative Party at dinners, post-PMQ lunches, drinks receptions, election result events and important campaign launches”. It is worth reading about the other options for donors: you can network or meet senior figures for other amounts of money. Ironically given the present controversy, the page also boasts that “Unlike Labour, we are not funded by the Trade Unions. Instead, we rely on the generosity of individual Conservative supporters and members.” What will hopefully be found out now is what the big donors expect in return for their generosity.
*edited 15/04/2012 for publish on wordpress and again on 23/04/2012 for compatibility*