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Campaign spending at the Scottish referendum

Under the Scottish Independence Referendum Act, registered campaigners were required to complete campaign spending returns if they spent more than £10,000 on their campaign.

If they spent £10,000 or less they were required to submit nil campaign expenditure returns

Forty-two organisations and individuals registered with as campaigners at the referendum. Altogether, the forty-two campaigners reported spending £6,664,950 on campaigning at the referendum.

Five registered campaigners reported spending of more than £250,000 campaigning in the regulated period, from 30 May 2014 until 18 September 2014, spending a total of £5,230,642.

Campaigners spending more than £250,000 were required to submit an independently audited return to the Commission by 18 March 2015.

View our report on the regulation of campaigners at the Scottish independence referendum - published June 2015 (PDF)

View supplementary information to our report on the regulation of campaigners at the Scottish independence referendum - published March 2016 (PDF)

Table 1: Total spending at the Scottish independence referendum

View details of spending by registered campaigners at the Scottish independence referendum >

Chart 1: Total spending at the Scottish independence referendum

Chart 2: Spending over referendum campaign period

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