Shadbolt set to break new law – Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt plans to break the new election finance laws this month in a bid to force a test case in the courts.
And he hopes to hire one of the country's top constitutional lawyers, Mai Chen, to represent him.
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Tim Shadbolt looks set to breach the draconian EFA before the end of the month. He will apparently attempt to breach it in at least two possibly three ways thus inviting prosecution.
The Electoral Commission has said that it will refer the matter to Police to prosecute and it seems likely that Tim Shadbolt will become the first person to be prosecuted under the law.
He has said he will use Mai Chen to fight the prosecution which is an irony in a way as she is a partner in Chen Palmer with Sir Geoffry Palmer as the other partner a major donor at the last election to Labour and someone the government wanted to assist the Select Committee.