The Maritime Union and Political Donations

Someone needs to ask Len Brown and Mike Lee a question:

Is the real reason why you won’t come out and back the Ports of Auckland board because you accepted donations from the Maritime Union at the last supercity elections?

Here, in this Jonathan Marshall article from Stuff in December 2010, it shows Len Brown accepted a $2000 donation from the Maritime Union.

Donors Mr Brown was happy to reveal included SkyCity, which handed over $15,000, and the Maritime Union, $2000. The Labour Party donated leaflets valued at $1050.

Not mentioned is the free labour provided by the union members to left wing politicians also (because that’s how the left operate).

It also transpires that Mike Lee got a cheque from his union mates as well. In fact the Maritime Union was Mike Lee’s sole donor.

The Maritime Union gave $2000 each to Mr Brown and Auckland Council transport committee chairman Mike Lee, who listed no other donations in his election returns.

Considering he did get a cheque from his union mates, its probably something he should have declared before he voted at the Accountability and Performance Committee on 8 December. He was in the hock of the Maritime Union for campaign donations, he really shouldn’t have participated at all.

I hope someone asks this question, because it may reveal why Len and Mike won’t front up on behalf of Auckland Ratepayers – they owe a big favour to the Maritime Union.

And then, someone needs to ask questions of the Auditor General.


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