The Sunday Star Times reported yesterday that “The National Party pulled in 11th-hour funding from its secret trusts and anonymous donors in a bid to escape new election campaign finance rules”.
National Party blogger David Farrar dismisses this as “hardly surprising”. It’d be a shame to let transparency get in the way of a bit of cash wouldn’t it?
The SST reports that “last election 90% of National’s funding, or $2 million of $2.2m, was funnelled through secret trusts or donated anonymously.”
President Judy Kirk is apparently denying any last minute appeal but the SST reports that a former major anonymous donor to the National Party claims that he was approached by her late last year in an effort to get donations in before the law kicked in on December 20.
I wonder who’s telling the truth.