So ACT, through Rodney (who’s so careful with the taxpayer’s money) and Jami-Lee Ross, are trying to make an issue with Len Brown’s spending.
The TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre decided to allow candidates to use its billboard space and Brown did? Shocking!
He accepted $15,000 donation from SkyCity (but doesn’t change his “strong views on gambling”)? More shocking that Banks also accepted the $15,000 from SkyCity and it didn’t show up in his accounts.
But the most shocking fact to me? Banks spent $948,937 to Brown’s $581,900 and couldn’t even get close to the SuperCity Rodney and National had designed for him to run. Ouch, I guess you can see why Rodney’s hurt.
There are questions about big corporate money getting into local government in a non-transparent manner and the influence it has, which should be fixed. But Brown is not the one at fault here – it’s the system that Rodney designed, so it’s rich for him to then ensure it’s complained about when it funds the Left’s candidate as well as the Right’s.
And finally, because I’ve been reading too much Dr Seuss recently and now everything comes out in his poetic meter:
Mr Brown came to town,
Mr Brown did not frown,
Did not frown did Mr Brown,
But turned Hide’s plan upside down.