The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) will file a criminal complaint for alleged disturbance of the order of elections based on a recent press report which the party claims showed that the government’s “Stop Soros” campaign used public monies to strengthen ruling Fidesz and mislead voters at last year’s general election. At a press conference, DK deputy group leader Gergely Arató cited a recent interview with US political consultant George Birnbaum, who was a business partner of Fidesz’s late campaign chief Arthur Finkelstein. According to Arató, Birnbaum’s statements published in Switzerland revealed that the Hungarian government and Fidesz developed a “deceptive and brain-washing propaganda against [US billionaire George] Soros serving their campaign purposes”. Fidesz “committed a series of crimes by using public monies to distribute accusations against Soros in order to influence the elections”, Arató said. Birnbaum’s “revealing statements” confirmed reports by election observers of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), who said there was serious abuse of power at the election, he added.
Conservative opposition Jobbik MP György Szilágyi told a separate press conference that Birnbaum’s remarks translated to a “guilty plea”. He added that ever since 2008, Fidesz has in all of its campaigns intentionally placed emphasis on creating a fake enemy and turning people against each other. No government could stay in power in a civilised country after it is revealed that it had built several campaigns on lies, using public monies, he said.