Date
23 May 2017
Carrie Lam's team did not go beyond the limit for campaign spending. Expenses included HK$85,000 for campaign T-shirts and HK$300,000 for her Facebook page and video production. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Carrie Lam
Carrie Lam's team did not go beyond the limit for campaign spending. Expenses included HK$85,000 for campaign T-shirts and HK$300,000 for her Facebook page and video production. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Carrie Lam

Carrie Lam raised HK$18.7 mln for campaign, spent HK$12.58 mln

Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, who will assume office on July 1, had raised nearly HK$18.7 million (US$2.4 million) for her election campaign.

Of the amount, Lam spent just HK$12.58 million on her campaign, less than the HK$15.7 million limit set by the government for each candidate, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

According to the declarations of donations and expenses submitted by the chief executive candidates, which the Registration and Electoral Office made public on Wednesday, 150 people donated HK$100,000 each to Lam, the ceiling she herself had set for any single donation.

Small donations, defined as one that is no more than HK$1,000, amounted to HK$150,000, or just 3 percent of the HK$5.14 million that her opponent John Tsang Chun-wah raised from small donors.

The rest, which was more than HK$18.54 million, comprised 227 donations, each of which was more than HK$1,000.

Among the famous people on Lam’s list of donors were Peter Woo Kwong-ching, a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; Charles Ho Tsu-kwok, chairman of Sing Tao News Corp.; and Bernard Charnwut Chan, a member of the Executive Council who became her chief campaign manager.

Tycoon Li Ka-shing and his two sons, as well as the Kwok family of Sun Hung Kai Properties, were not on the list.

The money was mainly used for office rent and transportation (HK$4.41 million), advertisements (HK$3.64 million), gatherings (HK$2.31 million) and payments made to her campaign team (HK$2.08 million).

MySTory, a local communication company, received more than HK$1 million from Lam’s campaign; it was hired to help in organizing campaign rallies and press conferences.

Lam also spent HK$85,000 for the production of 260 “WeConnect” campaign T-shirts, or about HK$330 each.

For social media management, Lam spent HK$300,000 on a group managing her Facebook page and video production, and spent another HK$2,000 to close down the account after she got elected.

Some of the staff at Lam’s campaign office were found to have received relatively high pays.

For example, Sandra Mak Wong Siu-chun, who used to be the public relations head at CLP, received HK$320,000 for serving as Lam’s PR strategist during the 69-day campaign, or around HK$140,000 a month.

Asked what she thought of Mak’s pay, New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, who lost in her bid to become Hong Kong’s next chief executive, said the amount was outrageous, adding that she suspected some people in Lam’s team might have helped her with an aim to “make a fortune”.

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