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Thursday, April 15, 2004



Andy, does the Korean laws regarding political parties still have that clause about parties needing a certain number of seats to qualify for public funding? If so, I think the MDP just fell below the threshold.

When the ULD found themselves in the same spot a few years ago, they "borrowed" a few lawmakers from the GNP, making sure they got the funding. Could the GNP put a few more seats on loan like that, or is the gap between the GNP and URI too wide?


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I don't know about the public financing, although a party needs at least 20 seats to form a "Floor Negotiating Group" or something like that. I presume that would entail getting some more public money to have a party office.

With Kim Jong-pil out of a job (he was on their proporsional list and they got less than 3%), the ULD might just fold their tents and join the GNP. Similarly, we might see moves by Uri to bring in the last MDP legislators. That would leave only three major parties (those two and the Democratic Labor Party).

But that is just a guess.


Yea, that was it, a "floor negotiation group." But I think some public funding comes along with such a designation.

I was gonna make some joke about where Rhh In-jae would go if the ULD folds, but, as I'm sure you know, there is no such thing as burnt bridges in Korean politics. He could easily wind up back in the GNP or as part of the URi party.



"The election laws stipulate that a lawmaker should be move out of position if they are found to have paid more than 1 million won in illegal election funds."

So, up to 1 million won in illegal election funds is OK?

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For a lot of violations, the candidate would have to pay a fine of up to 50 times what he spent.

So, for example, a guy convicted of spending 500,000 won may have to pay a fine of up to 25,000,000 won (about $20,000).

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