Nigel Farage's Brexit Party is being accused of allowing fake members to sign up for their party and give donations thanks to a PayPal loophole.
An investigation by The Mirror found that it was possible to join the party as Russian president Vladimir Putin, using his Kremlin address and donate £25 via PayPal.
PayPal allows for payments to be made from credit cards anywhere in the world and the recipients of the payments are not informed as to where the money is coming from.
The likes of Labour, Lib Dems and Change UK do not use PayPal for their donations. They could still potentially receive money from foreign investors but a paper trail would be created thus making it much harder.
The Conservatives also require donors to pay using their own card or as a registered user of PayPal, which would also create a paper trail.
A loophole in the law means that payments to political parties that are under £500 aren't considered to be 'donations' but parties are only required to collect information on donations that are over £500.
People wishing to register as members of the Brexit Party have to make a payment of £25 as a 'membership fee' but there is no way of governing that cash as no regulations are in place to monitor those types of fees.
Labour MP, Chris Bryant is quoted by The Mirror as saying:
A fake party, with fake members offering fake solutions. That sums them up.
This comes shortly after Farage announced on Twitter that the party, which was only established in January already has over 100,000 registered supporters ahead, who have all paid £25, which would equate to £250,000.
The Brexit Party now has over 100,000 registered supporters. Join now and help us overtake the Conservatives.… https://t.co/zvzOemvSI0