Michael Woodhouse, for want of a simple line of authorisation, has been pinged by the Electoral Commission. Good. The rules are there for a reason, it is unacceptable for any politician to break them.

National MP Michael Woodhouse could be fined up to $40,000 after he allegedly broke election campaign rules.

The party’s campaign manager Jo de Joux confirmed Woodhouse, who is the Dunedin MP, was being dealt with by police after a complaint was received regarding two advertisements that did not carry promoter statements.

Under the Electoral Act all election advertising must include the name and address of the person that has initiated or instigated the promotion.

Failure to do so is considered an offence, and can incur a fine of up to $40,000.

The Electoral Commission got fed up with continually breaches (ironically it was Labour that got the last warning) and is now reporting most of them to the Police. Unfortunately I think the Police will kick all these to touch instead of acting, thereby making the law and the rules irrelevant.

Labour knows this, they systematically and deliberately break the rules knowing that they won;t get so much as a slap on teh hand with a wet bus ticket.

I am very disappointed in Michael Woodhouse for making such a simple error. I imagine Michael is having his ears boxed by Jo De Joux who is not known for her pleasant demeanour or tact and diplomacy.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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