Presidential candidate Petr Pavel talks to journalists in front of a polling station during the first round of the presidential election, January 13, 2023, Černouček, Litoměřice.
Brno – President Petr Pavel received a fine of CZK 60,000 from the Office for Supervision of the Management of Political Parties and Political Movements, which is the highest sanction granted by the office to a natural person so far. He was fined for non-transparent data on donors in the presidential campaign. The information of the Reporter magazine was confirmed to ČTK by Jan Outlý, a member of the management of the supervisory authority. Outlý told ČTK that the list of Pavlov's donors often lacked data on residence and date of birth. According to Pavel, it was not about non-transparency, but about missing data. He added that if the donor does not provide them himself, there is no way to get them.
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< p>According to Outlé, the list of sponsors should include the name, surname, date of birth and place of residence of the donor. However, according to Outlé, the table of Pavel's donors is almost empty from this point of view when it comes to dates of birth and residence. The volume of donations whose donors had missing data is not yet clear. The amount of donated amounts in the list of sponsors does not have to be published by law. They will only be known from the campaign financing report. According to Outlé, the deadline for submitting them is May 2.
“If you have 6,000 donors and you have to have prescribed information from all of them, such as address and date of birth, and one of them does not send it to you, then we have no leverage, how to get it out of those people,” Petr Pavel told journalists during a visit to Poland. “As I was informed, 60,000 is basically a standard fine for minor irregularities. I think this is completely understandable and I don't have the slightest problem with it, because such problems simply happen,” he added.
Apart from Pavel, no individual has received a fine of 60,000 crowns from the supervisory authority. This follows from the list of fineson the office's website. The previous highest sanction granted by the supervisory authority to a natural person was 40,000 crowns. Two people got it. One was the former Prime Minister Jiří Paroubek, who was also fined by the office for, among other things, not publishing data on donors in the campaign for the Senate elections in 2018 or for not submitting a report on the financing of the election campaign by the legal deadline. The second person fined 40,000 crowns was Pavel Zítko, who, like Petr Pavel, made mistakes in the campaign for this year's presidential elections. For example, Zítko did not even set up his own election account. The Ministry of the Interior did not even allow Zítek to participate in the presidential elections due to failure to meet the conditions.
The fine was imposed on Pavlo even before he assumed the office of president. “That's why criminal immunity, which the president otherwise enjoys, was not applied here,” he told the magazine Reporter Outlý. On Pavel's transparent account, it is stated that Pavel sent 60,000 crowns to the Office for Supervision of the Management of Political Parties and Political Movements on Monday, March 13.
Petr Pavel won the presidential election this January. He won 58.32 percent of the votes, his opponent Andrej Babiš 41.67 percent. Over 3.3 million people expressed support for Pavlo, 2.4 million for Babiš. The retired general replaced Miloš Zeman as president after ten years. Pavel officially started his five-year term as head of state on March 9.