The ruling Fidesz party has said there were “more and more signs” pointing to the network linked to US financier George Soros is behind the foreign campaign financing of Hungary’s left-wing.
“The dollar left is keeping quiet about its 4 billion forints [EUR 10.2m] worth of foreign financing, but the picture is becoming ever clearer,” Fidesz communications director István Hollik said in a video message. Hollik cited a former communications director of the opposition Socialist Party as telling Radio Free Europe on Tuesday that the Soros network could be the one behind the donation. Also, according to Wednesday press reports, Soros’s son, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony and Dávid Korányi, the mayor’s former chief advisor and head of the Action for Democracy foundation, met in Munich a year ago shortly after the first sum was transferred, he added. Citing reports released by intelligence services, Hollik said Action for Democracy had received the first sum four days after that meeting, after which it “rolled the dollars over the left-wing”. Hollik called on Karácsony to reveal “who is really behind the 4 billion forint campaign donation”. He said it had become clear that Korányi’s earlier claim that the sums had been accrued through micro-donations from Hungarians living abroad was not true. Hollik called the case “the most brutal attempt at foreign influence peddling of the last 30 years”, emphasising that Hungarians had a right to receive answers.