The Labour Party says it has settled a problem with the Electoral Commission over its party donation returns.
It appears to have broken electoral law by not immediately declaring an over $430,000 donation it received from an estate last year.
The sum has only just turned up in its annual donations return
Labour Party General Secretary Tim Barnett says it was because of confusion as to whether bequests count as donations.
“We have apologised to the commission for that.
“They have accepted our apology, we’ve provided some additional information, and the matter with the commission is now closed.”
I disagree that the matter is closed. It isn’t for them to to decided this, it is a matter for the Commission.
Former Labour Party General Secretary Mike Smith blogged: Of course when Labour thought (wrongly) that National was late declaring a donation – they called for a conviction…