Nigel Farage was generously funded by Arron Banks the year after the Brexit referendum. Channel 4 News announced that the insurance tycoon provided him with a furnished Chelsea home, car and driver, and money to promote him in America.
According to calculations, e-mails and other documents, banks that regularly bankrolled Farage's former party, Ukip, spent some £ 450,000 the year after the referendum, when Farage stepped down as a Ukip leader.
The money, some of which was provided through Rock Services Ltd, a Banks company, was used to rent a Chelsea home for £ 13,000 a month, with Banks buying furniture and furnishings including dishes and shower curtains.
Farage was also equipped with a Land Rover Discovery and a driver, and Banks endeavored to collect an additional 130,000 pounds from the supporters to ensure safety.
Farage refused to comment on the allegations, while Banks dismissed them as a "smear."
Farage is now leading the Brexit party, which was founded in January 2019 and leads the elections for this month's European elections. After his resignation as Ukip boss, he remained a MEP and appeared regularly in Fox News and other television programs.
During this time Farage complained in an interview that he was "53 years old, separated and skint" and that "there is no money", as well as the monthly salary of his MEP of almost € 9,000 and an additional € 30,000 per month in media appearances were stated in politics ".
At the time, critics noted that this was an unusual claim, since he lived in the Chelsea House at that time, which has a value of about 4 million pounds.
Banks is being investigated by the National Crime Agency for allegations of crimes and its unofficial absence campaign in the EU referendum. Farage said banks do not finance the Brexit party.
According to Channel 4 News, the documents show that Banks and its companies organized and funded Farage's visits to the US the year after the referendum, including a trip to the Republican National Convention in July 2016.
The program states that Banks has paid through another of its companies, Southern Rock, an American lobbyist, Gerry Gunster, to arrange a "Brexit Policy Luncheon" for Nigel Farage.
It added that Rock Services arranged 2016 visits by Farage and his key assistant Andy Wigmore to travel to America on a number of occasions, including one in which Farage first introduced Donald Trump.
Other bills show that Gunsters company has charged £ 108,684 for a party to Farage's honor at a five-star Washington DC hotel.
A reporter from Channel 4 News Farage approached on Wednesday in Merthyr Tydfil to ask him about the alleged funding from the banks, Farage said he did not comment.
Banks told the program, "Channel 4 is trying to smear me and Nigel at a time when the Brexit party is hot in the polls, and so should not surprise anyone."
Farage has said that the Brexit party is funded primarily by the £ 25 pay of its more than 100,000 paying supporters – it has no members. He also said that financier Jeremy Hosking, who had regularly donated to the Conservatives in the past, donated £ 200,000 to the new party.