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Roberts: PLP not using tax money for campaign

Published: Mar 20, 2017

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Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts has branded as “patently false” a statement issued by Free National Movement (FNM) Chairman Sidney Collie that the Christie administration is using taxpayer money to fund its PLP campaign efforts.

Collie pointed specifically to an ad for the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI), which carried the PLP’s logo, and he accused the government of treating tax dollars “as if it were their own personal slush fund”.

“This is clearly a violation of the public trust from an administration that has made corruption into an art form,” the FNM chairman charged.

But Roberts said: “The statement released by Sidney Collie about the PLP government using public funds on an election campaign, specifically on BAMSI ads, is patently false.

“The PLP strongly refutes these claims and emphatically and unequivocally states for the public record that those BAMSI ads were paid for by the Progressive Liberal Party.

“In fact, the entire statement (from Collie) is riddled with inaccuracies and smacks of confusion. Only a confused mind can manage to confuse and conflate the smooth roll-out of value-added tax with election campaign funding. What utter confused nonsense and drivel.”

Collie contended: “The PLP government has raided the taxpayer funds since the moment that they took office in 2012.

“Five years ago they pledged to change The Bahamas, but the only thing they have done is short-change the Bahamian people at every turn. And, like an old habit, they continue to use tax dollars this government collects for their own political agenda.”

But Roberts said, “The PLP will not be distracted with these side shows, the mud-slinging and the smear tactics of the FNM, who left this country in a mess in 2012, and has expressly told the Bahamian people if given the chance they will turn back the clock, disrupting this economy, creating uncertainty and turning the lives of thousands of Bahamian families upside down.

“The PLP, in stark contrast, remains fully committed to building on the gains this country has made over the last five years as we move this country forward together.”

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