Kai Jan Krainer, SPÖ parliamentary group leader in the U-Committee, accuses Minister of Agriculture Norbert Totschnig (ÖVP) of having bought advertisements in the farmers’ newspaper with tax money during his time as director of the farmers’ association in 2017. Specifically, 300,000 euros are said to have flowed. The SPÖ deputy suspects that the money was used for election campaigns by the ÖVP.
Laura Sachslehner countered Krainer’s allegations: “Kai Jan Krainer’s contrived allegations are poison for the political debate. Because the SPÖ repeatedly creates connections between facts that simply do not exist.
Their only goal is to drag their political counterparts in the mud and to denigrate the new Minister of Agriculture. “The facts, on the other hand, speak a clear language: advertisements cover a legitimate information relationship in the population. There is absolutely nothing reprehensible about that,” stresses Laura Sachslehner.
Krainer’s constant, insubstantial attacks completely ignored what moves people. According to Sachslehner, the SPÖ is trying to change political small change while the federal government is taking on the major challenges. “Starting with the war in Ukraine and the fight against inflation to overcoming the corona crisis,” says the ÖVP Secretary General. Agriculture Minister Norbert Toschnig himself has repeatedly denied the allegations made against him.