Political Donations Newsletter N1
From January 1 to September 30, 2022, all political parties in Georgia received 1,944,073 GEL in donations, of which 666,000 GEL (34%) went to the ruling party, the second place is "Conservative Movement" ("Alt-Info") with 393,611 GEL, and the third - "Lelo for Georgia" with 370,600 GEL.
Overview of Georgian Dream donors
During the reporting period, Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia received the donation of GEL 666 000. Absolute majority of donors were large business groups having close ties with either Bidzina Ivanishvili or the ruling party in particular:
Nato Khaindrava, Zurab Gogua and Gocha Chikviladze contributed GEL 100 000, in total, to the Georgian Dream on one and the same day. These individuals are related, in a various ways, to JSC Cartu Bank and JSC Cartu Group. In the past, the above listed three individuals contributed up to GEL 840 000 to the ruling party.
The total of GEL 100 000 was contributed to the Georgian Dream by Noshrevan Nomaradze and his wife, Nino Sutidze, on the same day. Namoradze, who is engaged in the construction business, has close ties with the government. He was involved in a physical retaliation against businessperson Davit Kodua, when he was released by a court on bail in 2014. Namoradze was also involved in the preparation of a vast territory on the Tabori Mount in Tbilisi for privatization. In the past, Noshrevan Namoradze and Nino Sutidze contributed GEL 170,000 to the Georgian Dream.
Nugzar Dekanoidze and Ivane Parkosadze also decided on one and the same day to contribute the total of GEL 100,000 to the Georgian Dream. Nugzar Dekanoidze is a cousin of Mamuka Dekanoidze who, for his part, is a partner of Ivane Parkosadze in Geo Sand LLC. Nugzar Dekanoidze is also a relative of Bidzina Ivanishvili and the director of Sachkhere football club “Chikhura.” In the past, Geo Sand LLC, Ivane Parkosadze, Mamuka Dekanoidze and Nugzar Dekanoidze contributed GEL 545,000 to the Georgian Dream.
On 28 and 29 April, Mukhran, Teona and Lasha Bagrationis who are, in various forms, related to one another through Konkord LLC, Edelweis-2016 LLC, and Karavan Tbilisi LLC, contributed GEL 150,000 in total to the Georgian Dream. They are also linked to shopping centers “Kalakis Guli” and “Tergi.” In previous years, this group contributed GEL 360,000 to the ruling political party.
Zurab Dzagnidze and Irakli Shatakishvili made a total of GEL 100,000 donation to the Georgian Dream on the same day. They are members of board of a governors of non-entrepreneurial (non-commercial) legal entity “Rustavelebi.” Since April 2022, Irakli Shatakishvili has been a majoritarian deputy of the Georgian Dream from the Rustavi-Gardabani constituency. Furthermore, according to the information available to Transparency International Georgia, Dzagnidze has close links with the business group that received immovable properties in the city on a long lease/with the right to build from the Rustavi municipality. Dzagnidze and Shatakishvili contributed GEL 165,000 to the Georgian Dream in previous years. On the very day when Dzagnidze and Shatakishvili made their donations, yet another businessman, Kakhaber Mchedlishvili, who is the corporate direct of the company RMG, contributed precisely the same amount (GEL 50,000) to the ruling party. This is not the first time when Dzagnidze, Shatakishvili and Mchedlishvili contribute amounts to the Georgian Dream on the same day. They did so on 25 May 2020 too, when they contributed GEL 125,000 to the political party.
Tamaz Tamazashvili is the father-in-law of Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili. He contributed GEL 10,000 to the Georgia Dream. In previous years, he made 12 donations to the party, amounting to GEL 57,185, in total.
- In July 2022, based on the application of State Audit Office, Tbilisi City Court imposed a fine of GEL 217,000 on the Conservative Movement (Alt-Infor) for incorrect declaration of monies and concealment of nonmonetary donations.
- From 1 January to 1 October, none of the companies that made donations to the ruling party or are related to a contributor of the ruling party, won a state tender.
- From 1 January to 1 October, two companies that made donations to the ruling party or are related to a contributor of the ruling party, were awarded a simplified procurement contract.