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Political parties fined over campaign finance violations during 2019 elections

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Fake social media accounts published election propaganda for various parties, many factions violated financing laws, and former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party broke the law by holding a conference dedicated to promoting the party, according to a new ombudsman report on the April 2019 and September 2019 elections.

State Comptroller Matanyahu Englman published the findings on Tuesday in a report detailing financial and other misdeeds by political parties during the two Knesset election cycles held in 2019, which kicked off an extended political crisis that saw four national votes held in under two years.

The report didn’t cover the more recent March 2020 and March 2021 elections.

The comptroller said he found indications that parties — the report said it couldn’t be determined which parties — paid money to increase the numbers of followers of social media pages and to operate fake accounts echoing various propaganda messages.

“The research results show there is a concern that social media is featuring........

© The Times of Israel

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