Following Scrapbook’s lead in revealing the Conservative Party’s enormous spending on Facebook (£114,000 last November), the BBC have got hold of the invoice for period covering the Clacton by-election: £122,000.
Ross Hawkins reports:
“An invoice from Facebook for November 2014 emerged last month [on Scrapbook]. The cost then was £114,956. Taken together they suggest the Conservatives are spending over £1m a year on one website alone.
Ironically, only one line item on each invoice in official campaign submissions actually applied to the Rochester and Clacton by-elections, so the £1m figure needn’t have emerged during the election campaign. Presumably the Tories will be properly redacting Facebook invoices from now on.
The Today programme:
This eye-watering sum amounts to just 5% of the amount that the country’s wealthiest fund managers have donated to the Conservatives.