How much does it take to win, or lose, a seat in parliament?
Depending on the candidates, the campaign budget could range from a thrifty €300 to a whopping €115,000!
The deadline for politicians to declare their election campaign budgets has come and gone, with a total of 227 MPs and deputies required to report where there money came from to fund their general election campaigns.
Hey, big spenders
There were several politicians who crossed the €100,000 barrier with their spending, including the National Coalition Party’s Elina Lepomäki who clocked up the biggest campaign war chest at €115,600. Her cash came from big business like UPM and Sampo, and private individuals like Björn Wahlroos, one of Finland’s richest men who donated €6000.
Another NCP politician Milla Bruneau had more than €100,000 for her campaign and she put in €48,000 of her own money but still failed to get elected in the Häme constituency.
Former education minister Sanni Grahn-Laasonen (NCP) spent more than €97,000 but only €300 from her own pocket.
Another NCP politician Juhana Vartiainen from Helsinki had a campaign fund of €71,000 including €19,000 of his own money; while Arto Satonen (NCP) spent close to €100,000 with €92,000 of it being his own cash.
More modest campaigns
Not every politician needed a huge campaign finance fund to be effective.
Finns Party Chairman Jussi Halla-aho reported that his campaign cost just €307.52; while Jaana Pelkonen (NCP) spent just under €900 on her campaign, and just €400 of her own money.
Prime Minister Antti Rinne (SDP) spent €62,700. Former PM Juha Sipilä spent €46,000. National Coalition Party leader Petteri Orpo spent €64,000. New Green leader Maria Ohisalo spent €50,000; and former Green chair Pekka Haavisto had a budget of nearly €27,000.
Party leaders of course benefit from the publicity of being included in high profile television debates and newspaper interviews.
No info from some politicians
A few politicians or deputies failed to meet the deadline to publish their campaign finance details, including Katja Taimela (SDP), Mika Flöjt (Green) and Anne Nyman (Left Alliance).