The Hysteria- with a capital H- over at Kiwiblog around the Electoral Finance Bill has been mystifying for many of us in blogland. Sure David Farrar is a key National Party figure, and is no doubt worried that the Bill will mean his party will no longer be able to buy elections, or more rightly use others to buy elections. But is that the real story, is it enough to explain the OUTRAGE?
Perhaps this blast from the past might help explain the situation. David Farrar was Mark Blumsky’s campaign manager in 2005, and lo and behold who was the biggest recipient of an anonymous donation in that election, why Mr Blumsky himself of course.
The Wellington Central National Party Campaign benefited to the tune of $38,500 from a wealthy, but obviously very shy, benefactor. Now in itself this is interesting given what a strong advocate of transperancy we know David to be. However even more interesting is the curious comment from Mark Blumsky in the Scoop article above.
When contacted by A Week of It Mr Blumsky seemed certain his donations had gone through a trust and seemed surprised they had been included on the return as anonymous.
Murky indeed. Was it anonymous or was it through a trust? If it was through a trust, who is really behind it all?
David Farrar has been a vocal, some might say shrill, advocate for transparency in the electoral finance process in recent times. It seems this is a very recent conversion. To this writer he looks like he is sitting in a mighty fragile glass house.