Ratbag ex-mayor Aldo Miccio couldn’t even buy his way in

Nelson ratbag - Aldo Miccio  Credit:  Colin Smith, Nelson Mail

Nelson ratbag – Aldo Miccio Credit: Colin Smith, Nelson Mail

We’ve covered the self interested troughing ex-mayor of Nelson before.  Kate Davidson reports on how he essentially “bribed” people in kind to get around the spending limits.

Former Nelson mayor Aldo Miccio spent thousands of dollars supporting a team he wanted to see at the council table.

Public election donation and spending documents show Mr Miccio gave donations to Mike Ward, Pete Rainey, Derek Shaw, Kent Robertson, Colleen Marshall, Kate Fulton, Ruth Copeland, and Tim Skinner.

“It’s a team strategy of mutual endorsement of each other so that is why I chose it because we were a group of people who had bonded together for the last three years and we believed in what we were trying to achieve,” said Mr Miccio, who lost the mayoral race to Rachel Reese.

“We were all delivering the same messages to the public as a group.”

The donations were “in kind”, meaning they were donations of “labour and discounted goods and services” in this case for shared advertising.

I guess Mike Ward, Pete Rainey, Derek Shaw, Kent Robertson, Colleen Marshall, Kate Fulton, Ruth Copeland, and Tim Skinner are now also tainted.  For Sale!  

Mr Miccio denied the donations were a way for him to get his name out there without exceeding the $30,000 spending cap each candidate is allowed.

“Not at all,” he said.

“If anything it probably waters it down so you are not actually focusing on yourself or any individuals, it’s a group thing.

Mr Miccio believed in the councillors he supported and wanted to see them back in council.

It was mutually beneficial to run the campaign by pooling resources.

The strategy had been used in the 2007 election with the “Hands Up” campaign where candidates were supported by the Nelson business and legal community as a group to get into the council.

But there was confusion among those Mr Miccio supported about how it was listed in their donations and expenses forms.

Some listed it as a donation, others mentioned it as an expense, and others did not report it.

Nelson is well rid of this manipulative scumbag.  Unfortunately, he’ll continue his trail of destruction in the private sector.   I will have no sympathy for the victims he leaves in his wake.  The warning signs have been in public for long enough.

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