After coming under fire for not being transparent about expenses since becoming an MEP, Griffin has now published a very loose account of them on his website. The bottom line is that they add up to over £200,000, but here's some detail courtesy of Paul Waugh's report in the Standard:
"The costs, which come on top of his £82,000 MEP salary, include some £18,000 in 'consultancy fees' and £10,000 in 'agent fees'....
Mr Griffin claimed £175,000 in 'staff costs' for eight employees with titles ranging from 'European researcher' to 'campaigns co-ordinator'. A further £31,000 was for 'office management costs', including an office in his home. His 'office costs' included £2,800 on 'furnishings' and over £4,000 on 'repair, maintenance and security'. Mr Griffin made a pre-election pledge to be transparent about his expenses. But he is yet to reveal how much he has claimed of his £270-a-day MEP's subsistence allowance, worth £40,000 tax-free every year, or how much he has claimed for travel."
And this from a leader whose campaign literature claimed that "We're NOT in it for the money". Whether or not these claims are strictly legitimate, they certainly don't help Griffin's cause.