Recently, Dagbladet talked about the Troll Lia preschool in the municipality of Herøy, which donated its funds to the Conservative Party’s election campaign.
Dagbladet can now say that one of the owners of the nursery school is also running for mayor of the town – you guessed it – for the Conservative Party.
Tine Storøy is the owner of the Troll Lia preschool and thus donated funds from the preschool to her own election campaign.
– The money came from financial income and did not affect the operation of the kindergartens, and was verified by an auditor and a lawyer, Tone Storøy (H) explains to Dagbladet.
Admits: – Disorderly
The NOK 18,000 donation was first accepted by the Conservative Party and registered on Partifinansering.no.
When Dagbladet made contact, the donation was quickly withdrawn and Høyre returned the money to Troll Lia preschool and Tine Storøy.
Dagbladet asked the mayoral candidate if she thought kindergarten parents supported political donations in the name of kindergarten. Dagbladet also asked if she had raised the issue with the parents before the donation.
Storøy did not respond to these questions, but apologized for the entire situation in an email to Dagbladet.
– I see in retrospect that it was complicated, since I am co-owner of the kindergartens and Conservative Party candidate for mayor. I apologize for that. The money has now been returned to the daycare centers, Storøy explains.
– I would have been furious
Hege Nyholt (right) heads the Storting’s education committee and believes that the right has proven itself in this area.
– We see very clearly that the Conservative Party has become the spokesperson for commercial daycares to the point where private daycares are giving money to the Conservative Party. They became best friends, she said.
– I would be furious if this was the preschool my kids went to. It gets even uglier when the owner sponsors himself, says Nyholt and adds:
– It is to be expected that the money that exceeds the tax bill for commercial daycares will go to children, and not to finance the Conservative Party’s election campaign.
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