Local elections in October fell in the fourth quarter of 2021, meaning spending was above normal. The breakdown of party campaign expenses is here.
The remainder of Q4’s financial results relate primarily to state subsidies, which all registered parties receive in direct proportion to their representation, as well as party donations, the other major source of party revenue.
Party membership fees are also reported, along with income from assets owned by a party.
Partner of the coalition and largest party by the seats of the Riigikogu (34) The total income from the reform across all categories in the fourth quarter of 2021 was € 677,249.
The party collected € 447,134 in state subsidies and a total of € 224,290 in donations from 356 individuals.
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 Center / Isamaa / SDE 2016-2019 coalition – editor’s note) the largest donor, to € 40,000.
Real estate and forestry entrepreneur Tõnis Raide donated € 25,000.
The brothers Andres and Oleg Sõnajalg, wind farm entrepreneurs, donated € 10,000, as did Aleg Kirs, Kristo Seli and Toomas Luman.
The reform received € 2,768 in contributions, paid by 134 individuals, while its income from assets amounted to € 3,058 for the quarter.
The Centre’s total income in Q4 2021 amounts to € 488,713.
The bulk comes from the state subsidy, at € 341,926, while donations made up 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 MPs or Ministers of the Center Party, including Andrei Korobeinik (€ 7,652) and Kaido Höövelson (€ 5,000), Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab (€ 4,304) and Minister of 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 chair and speaker Riigikogu Jüri Ratas donated € 2,226.
In addition, Savisaar and Aab paid € 2,291 and € 2,000 respectively as membership fees, while MP and part-time taxi driver Martin Repinski has been very generous in this regard, providing € 3,000. .
Membership fees totaled € 19,471 for just under 100 people, while Center received only € 3 in asset income during the quarter.
The Center is in operation with the Reformation and has 25 seats in the Riigikogu.
The Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), in opposition with 19 seats, had 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, with 213 people.
Former Riigikogu president 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 wealth income stood at € 3,249 for the fourth quarter of 2021.
The opposition Isamaa party (12 seats) collected € 465,476 in the fourth quarter of 2021, including € 157,812 in the form of state subsidies.
Donations to Isamaa were substantial, totaling € 300,145 distributed among 198 donors for the quarter; Parvel Pruunsild, businessman and owner of quick loan lender Big Bank, provided € 100,000, while pharma tycoon brothers Margus and Aivar Linnamäe each donated € 50,000.
Kasper Kokk, businessman and former top skier, donated € 10,000.
Thirty-six people have paid their membership fee, for a total of € 7,515. The deputy and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu paid the most in contributions (1,800 €).
The patrimonial income of the party amounts to 8 € (eight euros) over the quarter.
The opposition Social Democratic Party (SDE) has 10 seats in the Riigikogu and achieved a turnover of € 225,342 for the quarter.
€ 131,510 came from state grants, while much of the rest (€ 89,568) came from donations, coming 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)
SDE collected € 4,265 in contributions from 156 people.
The 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 individuals.
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 for the fourth quarter of 2021:
Biggest turnover: Reform – € 677,249.
The biggest state subsidy: Reform – € 477,134.
Highest government grant as a percentage of total revenue: EKRE – 82 percent.
Most important total donations: Isamaa – € 300,145.
Largest total donations as a percentage of total income: Isamaa – 64.4%.
Highest average donation: Isamaa (€ 1,515).
The greatest number of donors: Reform (356).
The largest contribution receipts: Center (€ 19,471).
Highest contributions as a percentage of total income: Center (4 percent).