Itâ€™s hard to fundraise when you spend all your time and money on your mates Jim, Jack and Johnnie. Thatâ€™s something Winston Peters must know all too well.
So when youâ€™re tits at fundraising and your party faithful couldnâ€™t organise a piss up in a brewery, itâ€™s little time before schemes are hatched to run a campaign on the cheap on the taxpayer.
It looks as though the wily old fox has been forced to show his hand after a bit of sniffing about by the Taxpayers Union.Â Winston’s baggage boy, Api Dawson, has been based up in Northland for some time, but only on Wednesday did you and I taxpayer, stop paying for him.
â€śNZ First leader Winston Peters has rejected claims a member of his Northland campaign team is being funded by the taxpayer.
Questions were raised by the Taxpayers’ Union that parliamentary staffer Api Dawson was carrying out campaign work on Peters’ “Force for the North” bus tour of Northland.
Peters is standing in the Northland by-election – a seat left vacant by the sudden resignation of former National MP Mike Sabin, due to personal reasons.
Peters has confirmed Dawson is managing his campaign, but has taken annual leave from his Parliamentary Service role to do so. After questioning yesterday, Peters confirmed Dawson’s leave kicked in from midday on Wednesday. If Dawson was carrying out any campaign functions in Northland before that date, the party would have breached rules that stipulate Parliamentary Service staff should not engage in party campaigning, membership or fund raising activities.
A photo of Dawson and NZ First MP Pita Paraone standing outside Peters’ campaign bus was posted to Paraone’s page, the Taxpayers’ Union said. A search late yesterday appeared to suggest the picture had been removed. It is not clear when it was originally posted. Â Â Read more »