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BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have opened a probe into potentially illegal campaign donations sent to a prominent far-right politician.
Prosecutors in the southern city of Konstanz said Wednesday they have asked parliament to lift the immunity of Alice Weidel, who is co-leader of the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party.
The party, which came third in national elections last year, acknowledged this week that Weidel’s local party chapter received about 130,000 euros ($146,500) from Switzerland last year.
German media reported Wednesday that Weidel had used part of the money to pay for social media advertising during her election campaign, and for a lawyer suing journalists on her behalf.
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Weidel’s party confirmed she used the funds to pay bills, but said she later ordered the donations returned after doubts were raised about their legality.
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