campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 07 March 2008 12:00AM
According to a report in The Sunday Times, Labour pays Saatchis a monthly retainer of about £8,000, a figure described as "ridiculously low" by one source. Services offered to political parties at a discounted rate must be registered as "non-cash donations", but Labour has not declared the deal to the Electoral Commission. A Saatchis spokeswoman told The Sunday Times that the rate was "heavily discounted", but then called back to say the rate did not, in fact, represent a discount at all.
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