Surprise! Len Brown a trougher too

Labour (shhhhh it’s a secret) candidate for the Super City Mayoralty has been snapped by Jonathan Marshall filling his boots, well his credit card at least, off the rate-payers.

Len Brown is a TrougherSupercity front-runner Len Brown is the latest mayor to be caught zapping his council credit card on personal purchases – such as $74.45 for insect repellent at a South Auckland pharmacy.

Brown has used his card to buy groceries from Foodtown, take his wife to Auckland’s Rendezvous Hotel and buy a stereo system from Dick Smith Electronics. The personal expenditure totalling $579.27 has now been refunded to Manakau City Council, where Brown has been mayor since 2007.

However, the cost of a July 5 visit to Life Pharmacy where Brown purchased sunscreen and insect repellent for $74.45 was put on ratepayers because it was used “for a trip with prime minister [John Key] to Pacific Islands”.

Brown is standing as mayor of the Auckland supercity and according to a number of polls is in the lead against his opponent John Banks.

Brown’s mayoral credit card statements for the year ending May 2010 reveal he has racked up $10,864.98 in expenses.

The Bank of New Zealand statements include 22 transactions which are coded as “meals for mayor between engagements”. Also appearing are transactions where ratepayers have been forced to cough up for “fruit for mayor”, “refreshments for mayor”, “box of chocolates for mayor” and “mayoral Christmas gifts”.

A number of transactions made at restaurants and bars are not accompanied with a description despite the Sunday Star- Times asking for each one to be itemised, as required under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act.

Just another bloody trougher! Trying to get away with passing off personal spending as council spending. Imagine what he will do with a Super City Credit Card. Not only does Len Brown have a dodgy heart but he has dodgy ethics as well.

Len Brown is a Trougher

Len Brown is a Trougher

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