Len Brown blowing your rates on Labour’s polling company

Rooting the rate-paying sheeple with no hands

Rooting the rate-paying sheeple with no hands

Len Brown is wasting millions of your ratepayers dollars on polling with Labour’s own polling company UMR.

Len Brown’s Auckland Council has spent more than $5.1 million on pollsters and surveys in the past three years.

A council spokesman said about 60 per cent of the spending was required under law, mainly for annual planning and reporting.

But councillor Cameron Brewer said spending on pollsters was “out of control”. 

Brewer said: “Think of the improvements a local park or playground could’ve enjoyed with this money. Instead it’s all gone into lining the pockets of private pollsters.”

The figures were released to Brewer under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act.

“It’s time to stop the spinning and get back to delivering core council services for ratepayers,” he said. He suspected the polling was being done for “purely political reasons”.

$5.1 million on polling! I asked Cameron Brewer for further comment.

He noted that:

“This cost comes on top of the already 143 staff employed in-house by the council for communications, marketing, and PR – and the dozens and dozens of external advertising agencies, marketing and design companies already engaged by the wider council. This $5.1m is a whole new revelation. It is solely represents the spend just on public opinion polls and market research alone, and worryingly it completely excludes all the big CCOs and all their polling. Rural and suburban ratepayers will feel sick to the stomach to learn who’s pocketing their hard-earned money.”

Len Brown should be held to account.

“The polling out of the Mayor’s office is outrageous because it’s purely for political purposes and it’s staggering that it is being funded by the poor old ratepayer. We know it’s political because the Mayor has deliberately engaged UMR which famously does all of the Labour Party’s polling.

“Councillors are not allowed to have electorate offices because apparently that would be too political, but the Mayoral office can spend ratepayers’ money to poll the public on ‘current issues’ and supposedly that’s not political. Go figure!”

Len Brown has always been one of those hypocrites who demands high ethical standards of others but is using very tricky little rort to benefit himself.

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