Nationalist German party appeals to supporters for donations

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Posted: Dec 08, 2015 5:58 AM

BERLIN (AP) — A nationalist German party that has gained both support and criticism for tough talk on migrants is asking supporters for donations, saying planned changes in party financing rules could hurt its prospects.

Alternative for Germany initially focused on opposing eurozone bailouts but is now known mainly for opposing Europe's refugee influx. Its founding leader was ousted in July and left, but recent polls have given it support of up to 10 percent despite the split.

In a letter to members released Tuesday, leaders said planned new rules will affect its finances for 2017, an election year, and could mean it has to return money.

The party has been selling gold to supporters to get matching public funding. Under new rules, that income would no longer count.