… Labour MP Stuart Nash was the …Â biggest recipient of donations, declaring he received $99,000 last year.
He said that was the key to his success in winning the Napier electorate – and in being the only candidate to win a seat back from National.
“The majority of the money actually went on full page ads in our community weekly and Napier mail,” he said.
Mr Nash said money was not the only thing needed to run a successful campaign but it was incredibly important.
“Would I have won without that level of money and level of support? Possibly. But this certainly made it a lot easier because we were able to build a profile.”
In total, Labour’s 71 candidates raised just over $604,000 in donations – less than half that of National’s candidates.
71 candidates got $604,000 – about $8500 on average. Â Or, if you take Nash’s lot out and divide by 70… $7214 per candidate. Â That’s just really, really sad. Â No wonder they’re all looking at Nash and going “what the hell?”. Â Read more »