We’ve covered the self interested troughing ex-mayor of Nelson before. Kate Davidson reports on how he essentially “bribed” people in kind to get around the spending limits.
Former Nelson mayor Aldo Miccio spent thousands of dollars supporting a team he wanted to see at the council table.
Public election donation and spending documents show Mr Miccio gave donations to Mike Ward, Pete Rainey, Derek Shaw, Kent Robertson, Colleen Marshall, Kate Fulton, Ruth Copeland, and Tim Skinner.
“It’s a team strategy of mutual endorsement of each other so that is why I chose it because we were a group of people who had bonded together for the last three years and we believed in what we were trying to achieve,” said Mr Miccio, who lost the mayoral race to Rachel Reese.
“We were all delivering the same messages to the public as a group.”
The donations were “in kind”, meaning they were donations of “labour and discounted goods and services” in this case for shared advertising.
I guess Mike Ward, Pete Rainey, Derek Shaw, Kent Robertson, Colleen Marshall, Kate Fulton, Ruth Copeland, and Tim Skinner are now also tainted. For Sale! Read more »