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The Australian reports, less than a fortnight before new federal laws take effect on January 1 to ban political donations from foreign interests, GetUp! has confirmed receiving $495,000 from the Sunrise Project.
Sunrise, which campaigns for 100 per cent renewable energy, refused to disclose the source of the donation yesterday.
The group is known to receive international funding, following documents aired by WikiLeaks, that was directed at the anti-Adani coalmine campaign.
GetUp! national director Paul Oosting confirmed yesterday that funds from the $495,000 Sunrise Project donation would be used in the lead-up to the federal election expected in May.
GetUp! plans to campaign against the Morrison government, and hand out how-to-vote cards for Labor and the Greens.
Sunrise has declined to name the funding sources.
The timing of the donation from the Sunrise Project so close to the starting date for new laws banning foreign donations is suspicious since the group is known to receive offshore money.
Sunrise has dismissed claims it is a “clearing house” for activist groups, while admitting it did “re-grant” a portion of its funding to other organisations.
Senator Bernardi has told Sky News there needs to be much greater scrutiny of where politically donated money comes from.
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