Discrete Einflüsterer, the politicians suck up to and try, on behalf of companies, Associations or foundations whose objectives harnessing. That’s how lobbyists commonly. The reality looks different: The most powerful stakeholders sit in the Parliament itself – it is our National and Ständeräte.
the fact is that Swiss members of Parliament have, on average, eight extra-parliamentary mandates, more than ever before. Especially lucrative Posts at banks and insurance companies are. The Aargauer SP-national councillor Cédric Wermuth (33), this is a thorn in the eye. He has therefore commissioned two independent experts, the part opaque financial entanglements in the Swiss Parliament to illuminate.
The investigation is Sunday view. It shows for the first time, how much money parliamentarians through mandates for health insurance companies, insurance companies and banks once. The Result: 6.5 Million Swiss Francs. Per Year!
“Large parts of the Parliament are bought”
1.4 million relate to the insurance and health insurance companies, from 5.1 million to the financial sector. A portion of these cash flows is open to the public, the Rest have approached the authors of the study, discussions with industry experts and data from business reports.
The most frequent mandate from collectors in these areas to sit in the FDP. The free-minded parliamentarians relate to about half of all contributions – more than three million francs so. On the other ranks of the SVP, with 25 percent and the CVP with 19 percent. The rest of the parties receiving only around five percent of the money. One would examine the mandates in other industries, such as aid organisations, trade unions and associations, this would result in a different image.
The result is Cédric Wermuth is not surprising: “The bourgeois parties, hanging has always been drip-fed by the banks and insurance companies.” With the often propagated “healthy closeness” of the policy to the economy that have little to do, he finds and says: “Large parts of the Parliament are simply bought.”
“dependencies money leads to”
representatives our representatives of the people, by the mandates to companies? The danger, says Transparency International Switzerland. The non-governmental organization is warning for years that the Lobbying in the Swiss policy was non-transparent and unregulated. Thus, parliamentarians do not have to lay open their interests, however, how much you pay for the part-time jobs. A condition that can be according to Transparency becomes a gateway for corruption.
“takes money to dependencies. The higher the remuneration for a mandate is, the greater is usually the addiction,” says Transparency, managing Director of the Martin Hilti.
The politicians, the boards of health insurance funds, insurance companies and banks pay to see it differently. All of the URI, FDP councillor Josef Dittli (62).
Dittli: disclosure should remain voluntary
As President of the health insurance Association of Curafutura he earned about 140’000 Swiss francs a year. He says: “I agree in principle, always the way I personally feel it is right.” Critical to his “personal, ideological Conviction,” and not the attitude of the Association was. He is also of the opinion that the disclosure of the compensation should continue to be voluntary.
the Bernese BDP national councillor Lorenz Hess (58) lives well with its mandates. As Chairman of the Board of the health insurer Visana he gets 140’000 Swiss francs per year. A secret he’s not doing it. Hess stresses, but no one is in control of his voting behavior, or give it to him at all.