Samajwadi Party (SP) topped all other parties in terms of money collection and spending during state elections between 2004 and 2015. It collected Rs 186.8 crore and spent Rs 96.54 crore.
Aam Aaadmi Party (AAP), even though, contested only two Assembly elections so far, came second with Rs 38.54 crore in funds collected and Rs 22.66 crore of funds spent.
As per data analysed by Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), sash collections accounted for a significant 63% of total funds, or over Rs 2,100 crore, collected by numerous political parties during all state Assembly elections between 2004 and 2015.
Data also showed that parties collected Rs 2,107 crore during 71 state assembly polls during this period.
During the Lok Sabha elections held in 2004, 2009 and 2014, cheque payments accounted for the highest collection at 55 percent, which was nearly Rs 1,300 crore, while cash accounted for Rs 1,039 crore.
In state polls, funds collected through cheque payments were Rs 1,244.86 crore between 2004 and 2015.
The survey noted that SP, AAP, AIADMK, BJD and SAD together collected Rs 267.14 crore, which was 62 percent of the total funds declared by all the regional parties, during the 2004, 2009, and 2014 Lok Sabha polls.