Barrister taking legal action over Electoral Commission's decision not to investigate DUP Brexit donation
A barrister is seeking a judicial review over the Electoral Commission's decision not to investigate the DUP's biggest ever donation.
The action is being taken by Jolyon Maugham of the Good Law Project.
The DUP recieved a £435,000 donation during the Brexit referendum campiagn and spent £282,000 of the money on an advert in the Metro newspaper.
Scottish unionist funding organisation 'Constitutional Research Council' donated the money to the party.
The group is chaired by Scottish conservative Richard Cook (pictured above).
A BBC Spotlight programme asked questions about whether the DUP incurred joint spending with other EU referendum campaigners but did not declare it under a common plan.
Under Electoral Commission rules, groups are not allowed to work together in order to get around funding limits.
The DUP denied wrongdoing and always insisted it acted within electoral law.
Following the airing of the documentary in June, the Electoral Commission requested further evidence from BBC Northern Ireland but were told there was no other significant information other than what was in the programme.
In August the Electoral Commission announced that there were "no grounds" for an investigation into the issue.
Mr Maugham told the BBC that the decision not to investigate was "utterly inexplicable".
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