Frequently Asked Questions / FAQ
- What should I do when I find incorrect data?
- Why is it impossible to see the name and surname of the natural person donor?
- Does the inherence of the single red flag necessarily mean corruption?
- Why the portal does not include the information about all political parties?
- Can I use the data?
1. What should I do when I find incorrect data?
Contacts us via firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is a mistake originated from processing the data (our mistake), we will do our best to correct it. However, if there is a mistake coming directly from the source data (most likely annual reports of the political party – available in PDF on our website), we could let people know about this mistake in public but we cannot correct it.
2. Why is it impossible to see the name and surname of the natural person donor?
The original database of donors of the political parties contains only the initials instead of the names and surnames of the natural person donors. According to the attitude of The Office for the Personal Data Protection, the publication of the name and surname of the donor without acceptance of this individual natural person is not in confirmity with Act No.101/2000 Coll., on the personal data protection. Although the judicial interpretation is ambiguous, we respect the attitude of The Office for the Personal Data Protection at the moment.
3. Does the inherence of the single red flag necessarily mean corruption?
No. These are just "red flags" - companies with offshore mothers, collective seats or without employees can play roles of straw men, i.e. in order to cover the beneficial owner. We do not claim that this is the case for every company neither for majority of them.
Winners of public procurement competitions or EU subsidies receivers are similar case - these red flags mean higher risk of conflict of interest which in this case means that the donee (member of a political party) can influence outcome in favour of the donor. This holds for both ex-ante donations and ex-post donations. Whether the conflict of interest occured (or even the outcomes were influenced by donees) cannot be said just from the data. In any case our findings show evidence, that donors do win public procurement more often then the other companies. (see e.g. Palanský (2014), Počarovský (2014)).
4. Why the portal does not include the information about all political parties?
The data has been collected manually from the annual reports which is a very demanding process in terms of human capital (therefore, it is also very expensive) . Within our limited budget, we try to include the most political parties we can but of course, not at the cost of the lower quality or reliability of our database. Although some political parties offer us their own lists of donors, we cannot process them because these lists are non-committal in contrast to the annual reports. It would be incorrect to inform the public based on the information which could be potentially incomplete.
5. Can I use the data?
Yes, the data accessible on the portal are public and it is allowed to use them. The only necessary condition of using our data is correct reference of the PolitickeFinance.cz as a source. (more in section About data)