Last week I posted about how Act had within the past few weeks received $950,000 in donations. National has guzumped this and has just announced that it will shortly be filing declarations announcing that it has received $1.8 million in donations all of which were over $30,000 in value.
The breakdown is in this Herald article:
Of those who donated to National Trevor Farmer, Graeme Hart, and Mike Thorburn also recently donated significant amounts to Act.
This shows how in lock with each other National and Act are. It looks like they were engaged in significant fund raising projects at the same time and even have some of the same donors helping them out.
And fancy having this amount of spare cash and thinking that the country was in a bad state and needed change.
It is a good idea to get this out of the way this year and have the publicity done and dusted now.
But be prepared. National and Act are well resourced and raring to go. Next year is going to be a really interesting year.
Update: I have just realised this article is in the Herald Premium section. Freaking typical. They have major news that affects the state of our democracy but they restrict access to it to those of us who can afford and are prepared to have an account.
Update 2: Labour has a fundraising campaign running because of the news. Details are here.
If someone wants to provide the Green Party details I will put them up too.