Nat'l Assembly Special Expense Coverage Outrages Public

Write : 2018-07-05 16:10:01 Update : 2018-07-05 17:45:26

Nat'l Assembly Special Expense Coverage Outrages Public

Anchor: A civic group Thursday has revealed details of the state’s cover of lawmakers' expenses in the name of "special activity funds." Ranking parliamentary leaders were found to have received some 60 million won, or around 53-point-five thousand dollars, a month, for which they didn't have to file receipts. As the findings have sparked public outrage, lawmakers said they will seek revisions. 
Hong Suhryung has more.  

Report: The People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy(PSPD) scrutinized data as the National Assembly finally provided details three years after the initial request.  

The reluctantly-revealed data shows that floor leaders of key parties got 60 million won, or more than 53-point-five thousand dollars, every month. 

The chairs of the parliamentary committees received six million won a month from 2011 to 2013.

About eight billion won is allotted in the National Assembly budget every year to cover lawmakers' special activities expenses. The money is also doled out to the speaker and the vice speaker.

The civic group said there is no information to determine if the money was properly used as the lawmakers were not obliged to clarify when and where they swiped their cards.  

The PSPD claimed the special activity funds have degraded into personal pocket money without surveillance or control.

Rival parties on Thursday said they will seek to revise regulations to improve transparency in their spending. 

It is the first time in 25 years that a detailed account of the funds' usage has been unveiled since they were created in 1994. The data was released only following a Supreme Court's ruling. 
Hong Suhryung, KBS World Radio News.

[Photo : YONHAP News]

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