István Hollik, Fidesz’s communications director, has demanded answers concerning which foreign donors financed the organization which backed Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony’s election campaign and what they sought in return.
“Gergely Karácsony and the dollar left have yet to absolve themselves of the money laundering scandal,” Hollik said in a video statement. Neither Karácsony nor DK leader Ferenc Gyurcsány, he said, had given proper answers to the question of where the money came from in respect of the opposition 99 Movement. Most of the 506 million forints in question, he added, had flowed in after Karácsony gave up his prime ministerial campaign and once the organisation had ceased its activities. Hollik said that Karácsony had maintained that the money had been “put together” by Hungarian donors, yet one of the 99 Movement members, Erzsébet Pusztai, let slip in an interview that the movement had been supported by foreign donors in euros. He said ordinary Hungarians were entitled to know where the funding came from and what was demanded in return.