Looking back at the donation returns for the Labour Party since the beginning of the MMP era, you can see why Labour have been dead set useless since Clark left and Mike “Fat Tony” Williams stopped shaking down donors.
Since Fat Tony jacked it in Labour have scarcely raised any donations worth mentioning, and have basically being surviving on dodgy use of Parliamentary Services budget and taxing MPs.
Different disclosure rules over time mean that different rules mean different amounts need to be disclosed but overall this has little effect on the donation totals.
The important thing to note is that Fat Tony pulled in a lot of money in 1999, 2002, 2005 and being as cunning as a shit house rat managed to shake down people in 2007 before the Election Finance Act came into play. 2008 proved to be a bit harder for Fat Tony, but he still managed a decent total. Read more »