State Comptroller: Bennett Misused Campaign Funds

State Comptroller says Jewish Home head illegally used campaign contributions to help others in the party primaries.

Matt Wanderman,

Naftali Bennett speaks to reporters
Naftali Bennett speaks to reporters
Credit: Emil Salman/Flash 90

The State Comptroller has accused Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) of misusing funds during his party's last primaries, Channel 10 reports.

Israeli primary candidates are only allowed to spend money on their own personal campaign. The Comptroller argues that Bennett used his funds to support other Jewish Home candidates, including Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

By law, campaign money is restricted to a single candidate for three years. After three years pass, the candidate can either give the money to his or her party, or return it to the donors.

Bennett denies the accusations of impropriety, saying, "The primaries campaign was managed according to the law and everything was given to the State Comptroller according to recognized procedure."

Bennett raised 1.2 million shekels ($315,000) in donations for last January's primaries. His opponent, Shimon Or, spent less than 12,000 shekels ($3,150) on his campaign and won only 11 percent of the vote.