Political parties may be financed by individuals or corporations with a vested interest of keeping a certain party in power. Bribes may be accepted by politicians on a local or national basis. The party in power may misappropriate public funds for its own use. Unjust financing of political parties may lead to elite control, political dictatorship, apathy, alienation and stagnation, or to political conflict and revolution.
[France] In the early 1990s there were a number of scandals surrounding the financing of both right and left-wing parties, notably through the use of bogus consultancy companies as a channel for campaign funds from corporations.