In an interview with eXXpress, FPÖ officials described Walter Rosenkranz (59), from Lower Austria, who had just been chosen as the FPÖ presidential candidate, as “dedicated” and “very nice”. Then follows a big “but”: Party insiders could not imagine that the debt cause of the long-standing member of the National Council would not be an issue in the election campaign. “And a long-term debate about his loans from his own party would certainly not go down well with the Austrians,” heard the eXXpress.
Walter Rosenkranz is said to have borrowed €100,000 from the Lower Austrian FPÖ in recent years. And there was also a loan of €100,000 from the federal party headquarters. The FPÖ politician would have received a loan of €200,000 from his own parliamentary group – after all, money from party funding and thus from the taxpayer was used to lend to a private individual.
The eXXpress asked the FPÖ federal party chairman for a statement on the granting of credit to the current presidential candidate, but Herbert Kickl has not yet made any statement about this cause.
Explosive: Herbert Kickl was Secretary General of the Freedom Party when the federal FPÖ transferred the €100,000 to Rosencrantz – like the then FPÖ club director Norbert Nemeth, he may have known about the loan.
Perhaps Herbert Kickl can also explain in his expected statement why lawyer Walter Rosenkranz needed two such large loans from the party in addition to his salary as a member of parliament (now €9,375.70). From 2017 to 2019, the new FPÖ candidate was also the club chairman in parliament and had an even higher monthly salary (currently €15,939), and as an ombudsman, Rosenkranz received €15,001 per month.