Communist Refoundation risks disappearing: “Nothing 2×1000”

PRC appeal to Parliament to save “one of the few traditional parties in Italy”

A very hard blow to the finances of Rifondazione Comunista, an “enormous economic damage”says national secretary Maurizio Acerbo to AdnKronos, asking all of the political forces in Parliament to intervene in defense of democracy and “one of the few parties, understood in the traditional sense, present in Italy, as well as one of the oldest with our 31-year history”. For the second year excluded from the possibility of benefiting from the resources of the 2×1000 and deductions on subscriptions in favor of the party, PRC’s coffers creak under the weight of “really big damage”.

Especially considering that “our income comes from membership cards, subscriptions and the proceeds of self-financing initiatives. We don’t take loans from large companies, and it’s not that we don’t take them today that we are extra-parliamentary, we didn’t even take them when we were at the 8%.Losing the 2×1000 for two years in a row – Acerbo reiterates – is enormous damage for us, which will force us to put our presence in the area at risk”.

Not only. To pull the purse strings in the extra-parliamentary passage, the Communist Refoundation party had already sold the premises it owned in via del Policlinico in Rome, but despite the renunciation “we are paying a considerable Imu, totaling over 150 thousand euros, for properties bought with the sacrifices of the militants. Imu from which by law associations and non-profit organizations that carry out social activities are rightly excluded. So I remind you that in our offices there are legal advice offices on the home and on the job, language courses for migrants, activities culture of all kinds. And they are principals of local democracy open to citizens’ committees”.

For this reason, PRC now aims to make Parliament aware of the “need for legislation that is constitutionally oriented. If parties, according to article 49 of the Constitution, are the instrument through which citizens participate in national politics, then it would be necessary to overcome the ‘current discrimination’. That of a law that excludes parties that do not have elected representatives in parliament.

Up until two years ago, PRC had in any case obtained the two benefits (2×1000 and deductions) as there was the possibility of the component in the mixed group (for example, it was enough for a senator in the mixed group to declare that he supported the party) but then the determination came, first of the junta for the regulation of the Senate and then of the President of the Chamber, to restrict the recognition of new parliamentary components and thus the right previously recognized by the law became unenforceable for Rifondazione.

Parliament, Acerbo asks, should intervene to overcome this situation and ensure that all citizens have the opportunity to support the party they sympathize with. “Given that citizens decide who to allocate it to, the 2×1000 does not take anything away from anyone, so I believe that the political forces present in Parliament must intervene to correct the law and provide for wider access, then the citizens choose”.

In recent years, Acerbo points out, the Communist Refoundation Party came in fourth place for the number of taxpayers, behind Pd, Lega and FdI, although last for revenues “but our sympathizers are workers, precarious workers, pensioners … in short, the people. Quite different from a party whose base is made up of the richest part of the country”. And “we were the only ones able to collect signatures and present the lists in all the constituencies, i.e. throughout the national territory: this is the sign of a party that is rooted in the history of the country. There is no demonstration in which there are no our flags. So I believe that even those who think differently from us can agree that we are not talking about a political force invented on TV but rooted in the country”.

Meanwhile, Acerbo announces his willingness to organize a self-financing campaign to overcome the impasse. But he assures: “We will continue to be there regardless of the accounts. However, I believe that there is a problem regarding the issue of public funding. We think like Benny Sanders: the problem is private funding, i.e. the influence that economic power has on politics and business from which we are armored for internal rules. But to put the parties in a position to carry out a democratic activity, politics should be financed by the citizens to guarantee the pluralism envisaged by the Constitution”.