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DUP ‘dismisses dark money row as reheated story’

Sinn Féin has met with the Electoral Commission to discuss its concerns over a controversial Brexit donation of around £425,000 made to the DUP during last year's referendum campaign.

The money came from pro-Brexit group the Constitutional Research Council and more than half of it was spent on a double-page ad in the Metro newspaper, which is not published in Northern Ireland.

The CRC is chaired by Richard Cook, a businessman and a former vice chairman of the Scottish Conservatives.

However, there are concerns from the DUP’s political opponents that three donors associated with the CRC have not been named by the party.

The DUP has hit back saying that the row over the so-called ‘dark money’ is an attempt to reheat an old story.

As UTV Deputy Political Editor Tracey Magee reports, a spokesman for the Electoral Commission said it is not currently investigating the party.


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