In the course of the investigation into the so-called “survey affair”, the public prosecutor’s office for economic affairs and corruption is demanding large amounts of electronic data from the chancellery. The requested material includes e-mails, drives and office documents. It is about the suspicion that members of the ÖVP have illegally used budget funds to finance fake opinion polls since 2016. Former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is said to have been involved in the affair.
The Chancellery is refusing to provide the data from 2016 to 2021 for the time being. According to the Chancellor’s Office, the WKStA is fishing in troubled waters, personal rights of employees could be violated. Legal advice comes from Wolfgang Peschorn, President of the Finanzprokuratur, from criminal law professor Alexander Tipold and attorney Katharina Körber-Risak. The lawyers locate legal deficiencies in the order to secure the WKStA, which represents a coercive measure.