February 2, 2013 - 18:04 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has described allegations that he and others benefited from secret party accounts as "false", according to BBC News.
Rajoy said he had never received any under-hand payments - and would publish his income and financial statements.
El Pais newspaper published photographs of ledgers showing payments to Popular Party figures on Thursday. It said Rajoy had collected 25,200 euros ($34,000) a year between 1997 and 2008.
Rajoy and his party were elected by a landslide in November 2011 on a promise to reduce the high public deficit.
Addressing the PP national executive meeting in an extraordinary session to discuss the El Pais allegations in Madrid, Rajoy said: "I need only two words: it's false."
“I have never received nor distributed undeclared money," he said, adding he would publish on the party's website all his tax declarations to clear up the scandal.
The El Pais said the photographs it published were of ledgers kept by former treasurers Luis Barcenas and Alvaro Lapuerta between 1990 and 2009.
Money was allegedly paid by outside firms via Barcenas, who stepped down in 2009 and is currently under investigation for money-laundering.
Investigators recently revealed that Barcenas held a Swiss bank account which at one point held as much as 22m ($30m) euros.
Until 2007, Spanish political parties were allowed to receive anonymous donations.
Spaniards have been asked to accept painful austerity measures as the government battles to avoid an international bailout. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate has reached a record 26%.
The allegations raise ethical questions about the Popular Party's dealings during the period of Spain's building boom, when politicians granted large numbers of development contracts.
The party has denied making any "systematic payment to certain people of money other than their monthly wages".