Unlike the other main parties, the Liberal Democrats do not receive funding from big business or trade unions...
So says their website as it hands round the traditional political begging bowl (we all have to do it). We already know that the Liberal Democrat idea of big business and union donations excludes the donations of £30,000 from McDonalds, £7000 from Tesco, £7500 from La Senza, £1.7 million from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust , £94,000 from Unison, £17,000 from Independent newspapers, £16,000 from Bloombergs, £32,000 from St Mary Abchurch Investments and £25,000 from Pearl Properties.
Even our own John Hemming dug into his pockets a few times here and here.
That pales into petty cash when compared to the donations from the mysterious 5th Avenue Partners Ltd, which has given the party almost £2.5 million since February this year. As the New Politics network points out, this single donor is responsible for over half of the total Liberal Democrat donations this year.
They also highlight that this company was bought out less than a year ago, has submitted no accounts as yet, is registered in the UK only with a law firm and the director is resident in Mallorca. Normally, donations from overseas are illegal, but these are being channelled through a UK firm - a handy loophole that the LDs have exploited.