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MK Ariel tops the list Photo: Moti Kimchi
MK Ariel tops the list Photo: Moti Kimchi
Minister Begin spends nothing Photo: Gil Yohanan
Minister Begin spends nothing Photo: Gil Yohanan
Minister barak. Not a single penny either Photo: Emil Salman
Minister barak. Not a single penny either Photo: Emil Salman

MK Ariel is Knesset's biggest spender

Report detailing budget used by lawmakers to maintain voter relations reveals Habayit Hayehudi member spent NIS 90,807 in 2012, former FM Lieberman spent just NIS 89 the entire year

Published: 02.21.13, 15:24 / Israel Business

Knesset Member Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) spent NIS 90,807 to maintain voter relations last year and was the Knesset's biggest spender in 2012, according to a report released by the Israeli parliament on Thursday.


Ariel used NIS 15,000 ($4,090) of his budget on a website and social network activities.


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The first runner-up is MK Ilan Ghilon (Meretz), who spent NIS 85,000 ($23,190) last year, including NIS 43,000 ($11,730) on office services and NIS 4,804 ($1,310) on newspapers.


The second runner-up is MK Isaac Herzog (Labor), who spent NIS 78,000 ($21,280), including nearly NIS 13,000 ($3,550) on printing and advertising services.


They are followed by Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter, who was not elected to the new Knesset, with NIS 76,000 ($20,730), including NIS 39,000 ($10,640) on printing and advertising, former MK Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) with NIS 74,668 ($20,190), and MK Israel Eichler (United Torah Judaism) with NIS 74,560 ($20,340).


And who made it to the bottom of the list? Minister Benny Begin did not spend a single penny on his voter relations, same as the previous year. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who settled for NIS 345 in 2011, did not spend a penny either in 2012.


Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman spent just NIS 89 ($24) from his voter relations budget. The entire sum was used for office supplies.


Last year it was former MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) who topped the list with some NIS 94,000 ($25,650) used to maintain voter relations, followed by MK Raleb Majadele (Labor), who drew up a total of NIS 83,000 ($22,650).



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