The examples of National’s greed and largesse with public money just keep coming. The Nats and their spinsters have tried to write this off as Labour being focused on the “small stuff”, but the latest twist to the BMW saga has a real stench about it:
National took BMW donation after deal
The National Party received a donation from a BMW franchise just days after a deal was made for the government to buy a new fleet of cars.
There was outcry earlier this year when ONE News revealed the government would be upgrading its entire BMW fleet of 34 ministerial cars. The new Series 7 BMWs sell commercially for about $200,000 each but the government claimed it received a discount for bulk buying.
In Question Time today, Labour raised serious concerns over a $50,000 donation to National by Auckland BMW franchise Team Macmillan.
Labour member for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins said the donation came two days after Prime Minister John Key’s chief of staff Wayne Eagleson met with VIP transport to discuss the upgrade.
Key said he had “no responsibility for that” and that Eagleson did not remember the meeting.
$50,000 donation to the National Party, just two days after the BMW order? That’ll do nicely.
Apparently there will be more on this, One News, 6pm.