Andrew Geddis tears apart the Greens for their sanctimony and hypocrisy in using public funds to buy a referendum result:
First, it becomes pretty hard to rail against the influence of money in politics when you yourself are spending money trying to influence politics. For example, the Green Party’s policy proposal on campaign finance reform reads:
No person or entity can donate more than $35,000 to a political party in any twelve month period. This would need to include rules to make it illegal to split up large donations into lots smaller than $35,000 to avoid this cap.
So why exactly is giving more than $35,000 to a political party to spend on trying to achieve political outcomes A Bad Thing, whilst spending $50,000 (at least) on trying to achieve political outcomes is A Good Thing? Sure, you can maybe square the circle – there’s the concern about corruption, or the like – but it becomes a tougher argument to make when you have to start from the position of justifying why you should be able to do something that others cannot.