election fundraising

Labour to refund donations

Sadly, not the secret ones that got laundered through Greg Presland’s dodgy trust on behalf of David Cunliffe. ¬† And God knows, Labour need money.

Why on earth would they want to give any of it back?

The [Labour] party has offered to refund money donated to fund a leaflet-drop for candidate Willow-Jean Prime after the party hinted its voters should actually support New Zealand First leader Winston Peters.

“We have a policy that if people are not happy with the way their money, their donation, has been used we can refund the donation,” says Labour leader Andrew Little.

His comment comes after 3 News obtained an email sent out on March 5 requesting donations for a leaflet drop. It said the party would need to use New Zealand Post to get the leaflets out to potential voters, something which costs money. Each leaflet costs about $1 to send – the price of the stamp, envelope and printing the leaflet. Read more »

Did money buy Wisconsin’s result?

ŠĒ• Mischiefs of Action

The left wing is whinging that Scott Walker raised and spent much more than their guy and as a result he bought the election. This of course ignores the money spent on behalf of the Democrat candidate by the big monied unions.

So did big money buy Wisconsin’s election…the short answer is no.

What this election gave us is a rare and precious thing: a gubernatorial rematch. Walker and Barrett faced each other less than two years ago. Walker beat Barrett by five points back then,¬†after raising $11 million to Barrett’s $6 million. That is, Walker raised 65% of the funds raised by the Republican and Democratic candidates that year and he won 53% of the two-party vote. This week, Walker raised about 88% of the funds raised by the two candidates and he won — wait for it — 54% of the two-party vote.

So there’s your money effect, folks. Go from a 2:1 money advantage to a 7:1 money advantage, and it could increase your vote share by a full percentage point! Woo hoo!