The current state of political party funds

After this weeks publicity everyone now knows the broken arse Labour Party is short of a quid. This blog has been working away trying to discover the funding levels for all the parties going into the election.

Labour: Taxes all MPs in the form of a tithe thought to be 10% of salary. So not totally broke, but Goff is about as inspiring to donors as English was in 2002, and Andrew Little’s fundraising makes Michelle Boag look like a genius. Unions are being a bit hesitant to waste members dues on a campaign that is uninspiring as Goffs, and the campaign manager needs a really good kick in the arse for not being on the case of the president to raise more money before he became the candidate for New Plymouth. It is not as if it is a surprise that the election is happening at the end of the year and Labour will need about $2m to spend.

National: A call has gone out to tax electorates again because the President’s fundraising has been average. Expect a few trophy over $15000 donations just to show Peter is doing his job, but the levels of funds raised by the president are really disappointing and a number of MPs have been complaining through the tip line that the party seems to think that they can just tax electorates to cover Peters poor effort.

There has been a bit of a push back from people sick of being taxed, and Peter has been told to bring the money in or write out a big cheque. Major donors from 2005 and 2008 are not giving as generously as Peter hasn’t been to see them in the last few years so they can’t see why they should just write a cheque when he turns up. Peter has been pretty distracted with court and other things and looking after his two dogs is proving a real handful, so he probably should have stepped aside or got someone in to help out.

ACT: Was flat broke and unable to get donors to turn up to events with Rodney as leader, ACT is now flush with funds from people that support Don Brash because they think he has a real chance of playing a pragmatic role in the next government. Picking up a fair bit of money from former National donors who haven’t seen anyone from National and have been disappointed with the direction National has taken on the economy.

Greens: Never a big money party, the Greens have been soldiering on raising small amounts of money and taxing MPs. I wonder whether should we allow MPs to donate to political parties because it is just state funding by stealth. Plenty of activists who are committed and they will have a decent grass roots campaign although word is they could be a bit light on the ground in Auckland.

Maori Party: Plenty of Koha out there for a grass roots campaign. Probably couldn’t spend money effectively campaigning to widespread electorates so money isnt a huge problem for them.

United Future: A joke of a party that is actually just one MP who shouldn’t get paid extra for being a party leader. Plain brown envelopes of tobacco money has dried up.

New Zealand First: Winston is finding it hard to get donors after selling Owen Glenn down the river. Hasn’t even called his old mates to ask for cash. Not sure this dog can hunt anymore.


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