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Abba great's donation to boost feminists' EU bid

TT/The Local · 6 Jun 2009, 11:28

Published: 06 Jun 2009 11:28 GMT+02:00

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Schyman has previously taken offence at the fact that ballots for FI were not available at all polling stations. And she claims that Andersson wants to spend his money to bring attention to the technical issues related to voting.

“This is not a contribution to an electoral campaign,” Schyman told Sveriges Televisions (SVT).

“It is the question of democracy that is important here.”


Anderson confirmed the news in a statement of his own.

"Because I sympathize with Gudrun Schyman’s persistent struggle for equal treatment, I offered to try and help by providing financial support for an advertisement that explains what to do when the pre-printed ballots are missing.”

On Friday, Schyman published full-spread advertisements in several Swedish newspapers. But Andersson also supports Schyman's politics and would like to see her gain a seat in the EU Parliament.

Sweden has a lot to be proud of, he wrote, referring to the right of common access (allemansrätt), a high standard of living, top athletes and “more than one exemplary politician.”

“Schyman belongs to that category. I am convinced that she will make a difference if she is elected to the EU Parliament and not just in terms equality issues,” the former Abba star continued.

A survey done by SVT shows that every tenth candidate running for a seat in the EU Parliament has accepted donations from non-party sources.

The poll included candidates from the seven parties represented in the Riksdag, as well as those from the Pirate Party, the June List Party and the Sweden Democrats.

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Organizations, companies, associations and private individuals have all opened their wallets in support of political candidates.

Following Schyman, the candidate who has received the most campaign assistance is Alf Svensson of the Christian Democrats.

He has collected between 300,000 and 500,000 kronor and is ninth on the party's EU roster.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:50 June 6, 2009 by eZee.se
Ah, the talented guy... while i always referred to the other as the monkey looking guy ;)

Not that i dont like the other guy or anything... he just looked like a f*cking monkey!
16:25 June 6, 2009 by Davidiand
How people have short memories, she was convicted of tax fraud I believe, is this the kind of person to represent Sweden in the European Parliament?
20:55 June 6, 2009 by byke
Seriously a feminist party?

I believe in equality, but to what point does equality step over the boundaries and become top heavy?
02:35 June 7, 2009 by martell

You know what life is all about, don't you?

Cool down. We did not expect your action. In your country, prostitutes can do their job but the customers go to jail. Something insane going on there. Sweden is going down the drain with insane womens libbers, and you add to that?

Remember the days when life was free.
15:03 June 7, 2009 by eZee.se
Just a rouse to try to take the focus off the Pirate Party,

after all, Benny boy wants his kickbacks from "copyright" for 70 years after he is dead!
19:46 June 7, 2009 by byke

Gudrun Schyman (born June 9, 1948, Täby, Uppland) is a Swedish politician. She served as leader of the Swedish Left Party from 1993 until January 2003, when she was forced to resign over charges of tax fraud. She remained a member of the Left Party until 2004, when she left to focus entirely on her feminist political work. She is no longer a Member of Parliament.
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