Two political groups say they have been approached to field candidates against pan-democrats in the upcoming district elections in exhange for money.
Youngspiration, which describes itself as a “third force” in Hong Kong politics, said it was offered HK$150,000 (US$19,350) for each candidate.
The offer came from a certain Anthony Cheng who claims to be backed by unnamed financiers, the group said in a Facebook post.
It said Cheng offered 25 percent up front, 50 percent when the candidate qualifies for the ballot and the rest after the election.
Youngspiration convenor Baggio Leung said the group met Cheng, whom he describes as a man in his twenties.
Cheng claimed to be a program host of an internet content provider called OurTV and that he was backed by several financiers, Leung was quoted as saying by Ming Pao Daily.
He said Cheng has a list of several dozen constituencies, including Lai Kok in Sham Shui Po and Shek Yam in Kwai Tsing which are not controlled by the pro-establishment camp.
Lai Kok and Shek Yam are the bailiwicks of Frederick Fung’s Hong Kong Association for Democracy and People’s Livelihood and Andrew Wan’s Democratic Party.
Leung said his group is actively preparing for the district elections and there are three districts in which they could take on candidates from the Democratic Party.
But he said his group is not running for money.
Another young political group, Kowloon East Community, said it was contacted by Cheng with a similar offer but dismissed it amid a wave of recent scams, member Chan Chak-to said.
Cheng later told Ming Pao Daily that he was merely trying to test how political groups would respond to monetary offers.
He said he wanted to draw attention to his radio program.
Youngspiration said it may file a corruption complaint against Cheng.
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