Donald Trump Scottish election meddling officially questioned

By staff writers
27 Mar 2012

Serious concern has been expressed that US property tycoon Donald Trump is set to fund a campaign in the 3 May 2012 Scottish council elections.

In an interview in Holyrood magazine, the chair of protest group Communities Against Turbines Scotland talks of plans to use substantial funding from Trump.

This overseas donation would go towards a "massive campaign" against Scottish council candidates who have supported wind power developments.

Now the Scottish Green party has referred the matter to the Electoral Commission for investigation.

Patrick Harvie MSP commented: "It’s bad enough that Mr Trump has thrown a hissy fit about the chance that he might be able to see turbines from his golf resort, and has threatened to abuse the planning and legal systems to undermine Scotland’s energy industry. But the possibility that a foreign billionaire will seek to use his wealth to influence the local elections is outrageous."

"This is not America, and our political process is not for sale at any price," he added.

Anti-wind power activists say they plan to make life uncomfortable for politicians, planners and wind power developers, in a national campaign that could see what Holyrood magazine dubbed "an unprecedented single-issue intervention in Scotland’s local elections."

The CATS campaign aims to identify councillors in areas where its member organisations are active that have supported wind turbine development, and target them with “a massive advertising campaign”.

The funding would come from outside Scotland. “This is one of the areas that Donald Trump will help us by doing some advertising,” a spokesperson for CATS revealed.

Environmentalists believe that Trump and his allies will shoot themselves in the foot and alienate many people, but they also express anger at what they see as a blatant overseas attempt to manipulate the election for a sectional interest, a large part of which is outside Scotland.

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