NZ Herald Crowdsourcing: We found nothing, but let’s smear National anyway

The NZ Herald launched a “crowdsourcing” initiative to go digging into political donations after the returns were released by they Electoral Commission.

It is the sort of panty sniffing behaviour we’ve come to expect from the Herald.

Basically they are trying to find  donors and then single them out for this donation or that donation and try to pass some sort of moral judgment on that.

Little wonder then that donors try to remain as anonymous as they can.

Essentially though the Herald has found nothing, but after touting their great initiative with much fanfare they had to write something. David Fisher was obviously busy making up something else so they pulled in Matt Nippert to write the hit job.

An analysis of electoral finance declarations shows more than 80 per cent of donations to National Party candidates were channelled through party headquarters in a loophole described as akin to legal “laundering”.

National’s heavy reliance on funding candidates with donations from the party – shown in a Herald study to account for more than $1m out of $1.2m raised by their candidates for the 2014 general election – was a “striking use of electoral law that appears to be laundering the money”, said Otago University political science lecturer Bryce Edwards.

Electoral law requires candidates to reveal the identity of donors who contribute $1,500 or more, but political parties can keep donors secret even if they give up to $15,000.

Dr Edwards said the channelling of candidate donations through parties had “become a way around” having to disclose more information about the source of campaign funds.

“It’s not illegal and it’s up to different interpretations whether it’s ethical or not, but there should now be heat on politicians to explain what’s going on and to tighten up this loophole,” he said.

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# I am Charlie

# I am Charlie

Truth can hurt but Truth must not be silenced.

My ongoing collections of images under the # I am Charlie headline will upset some people. They will include graphic photos of actual events, political cartoons and Internet memes / posters. They all have one thing in common. They are an attempt to influence your thinking about Islam. Yes you can call them propaganda or offensive. Propaganda can be about telling lies or putting a slant on the truth or just be provocative in order to get you to think about an issue. You decide what these are, individual image by individual image. That is what is wonderful about living in a free, democratic society here in New Zealand. We can do that without fear of violent reprisals ( at least for now )

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Sign of the Day

Sponsored by Web2PrintDownUnder – Private sale signs, from $55

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Photo Of The Day

AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Ryan Garza

AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Ryan Garza

Detroit‘s ‘Walking Man’ Walks On

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Fun with Quotes

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Who said this?

A) No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality.”

  1. Helen Clark
  2. Metiria Turei
  3. John Key
  4. Jenny Shipley

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Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  Roger Price

Credit: Roger Price

CWC: NZL v AUS and IND v UAE

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If you didn’t watch deVilliers yesterday during the last 10 overs, it’s worth a watch if you have a chance. ¬†But don’t lose track of time – the game of the round is on at 2 pm.

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Political Doppelgangers

Elizabeth McCombs 1933

Elizabeth McCombs 1933

Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Seriously folks I’m starting to think that time travel exists. It’s either that or she is a vampire.

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Leonard Nimoy, actor who played Mr Spock on Star Trek, dies aged 83

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Leonard Nimoy at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

He played an iconic television character, and eventually a movie character that has and will endure much beyond his lifetime. ¬† Read more »

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Educational poster of the Day

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The puns… I’ll leave them to you. ¬†But don’t give the mods any work.