Hey Big Spenders
Spending thresholds seem to have been the issue of the week.
Today I give you £250,000: the Electoral Commission has published details of expenditure by parties who campaigned in May's Assembly elections and spent more than a quarter of a million.
Two did; the two who are in government.
Labour spent £254,447 but Plaid Cymru were the biggest spenders of all: £261,286.
Plaid, of course, resubmitted their returns after what the Electoral Commission politely calls "certain spending on advertising" was added. You remember? That "certain spending" that got them censured by the Standards Committee, pushed the Elfynometer over boiling point, registered 9 (devastating) on the Touhig Seisometer and most importantly of all - pushed the party's spending over £250,000.
And how. Their initial returns put their expenditure at £245,475 which means those adverts cost them a grand total of £15,811. Plaid's figures remain draft figures by the way until they provide the audit certificate for their returns.
So between them Labour and Plaid spent half a million. Highest spend? On "unsolicited material to electors" and "advertising". Wow.
Those huge mobile billboards calling on us all to "Kick Labour into touch" didn't come cheap, did they?