They say money doesn’t win elections and in some ways they are right. Kim Dotcom tried. Colin Craig tried. There needs to be more to a candidate than a lot of money.
With that said, there are reasons why we control election spending and set limits. Politics should be about the strength of the candidate, not the depth of their pockets.
Looking through the candidate expenses for the 2014 General Election, one case stood out. Firstly because it looks odd. Secondly because Labour Party candidates are not used to overspending (unless it is tax payer’s money of course).
In the election period Labour Party candidate for Rotorua, former TV weatherman Tamati Coffey – Labour’s parachute candidate in Rotorua – spent $31,182.36 all up. Once attribution percentages are taken into account he got the final number down to $25,001.77. The cap for the 2014 General Election was $25,700. Sounds fair? Well it doesn’t leave much wriggle room. Read more »