From October 2013 the deputies in the Bundestag beside the official salaries have received at least another 6.6 million euros. This announced on Monday, July 28 the website Abgeordnetenwatch.de, created for a public control over the elected representatives of the people in Germany. According to it the members have received at least € 2.1 million from anonymous sources, and in some cases unknown sponsors have paid more than € 250,000. In total there have been registered 197 cases of cash payments from unknown people and companies.
According to the existing rules the representatives of the liberal professions among the deputies of the Bundestag, the lawyers for example, have the right not to disclose their sources of funding. This situation has been criticized by the chief of Abgeordnetenwatch.de Gregor Hackmack. In his oppinion „the tax loop-hole sponsors lobbyists, while the citizens in a democratic society should be aware of who gives their MPs money.“
In response to the criticism the head of the parliamentary group of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Michael Grosse Bremer argued that the existing laws guarantee the independence of the MPs.
In total for the first nine months of the current Parliament 13 German deputies have received additional income of € 100,000 or even more.
11 of them belong to the block of Christian parties CDU / CSU and just two of them – to the representatives of the Social Democrats. The largest deductions has been received by the CSU MP Peter Gauweiler. Excluding taxes his accounts increased with € 967,500.