- Boris Johnson remains the favourite to replace Theresa May as British prime minister.
- His leadership campaign is funded by donations from bankers, climate change sceptics, companies that have worked closely with the government, and donors who have links to offshore tax havens.
- Here is the full list of donors financing his campaign.
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LONDON — Boris Johnson is on course to become Britain’s next prime minister when Conservative party members choose their leader later this month.
The 160,000-strong group of mostly fervently pro-Brexit Conservative Party members overwhelmingly prefer Johnson to his leadership rival Jeremy Hunt, according to recent polls.
So who is funding Johnson’s campaign?
Well, according to the official parliamentary register, he has been backed by donations from bankers, financiers who have links to offshore tax havens, and others who belong to influential climate sceptic groups.
Here is the full list of donors to Johnson’s campaign, ranked in ascending order by the size of the overall amount they have contributed.
RTC Education — £10,000 ($12,650)
RTC Education, an apprenticeship provider, donated £10,000 to both Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson’s campaign.
Lynton Crosby’s CTF Partners — £20,000 loan and £3,000 donation
Election guru Lynton Crosby masterminded Johnson’s two successful London mayoral bids. He is not an official part of Johnson’s current leadership campaign but the pair are said to speak on the phone regularly, with Crosby providing advice on strategy. Crosby’s business partner Mark Fullbrook is also helping run Johnson’s campaign.
CTF Partners, the firm Crosby and Fullbrook cofounded with Mark Textor, provided a donation of £3,000 for "office and staffing costs" in December 2018, as well as an interest-free loan of £20,000 in the same month. The company has been involved in a number of controversial campaigns around the world, including one to undermine the upcoming Qatar World Cup,
Graham Robeson — £10,000
Johnson took a further £10,000 in May from Graham Robeson, who is the director of multiple companies owned by millionaire banker David Rowlands. Those companies are owned by Rowlands through a company incorporated in British Virgin Islands, a well-known tax haven and British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, Buzzfeed News reported.
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