Can Phil Goff Raise Enough Money to Win a Mayoral Campaign?


Phil Goff is being talked up as the next mayor of Auckland.

The problem for Phil and his booster is that he is dead set useless at fundraising.

Despite spending most of his life in Parliament he has never built a donor base, and he does not have a fundraiser who can bring the money in to fund a campaign.

To run an effective mayor campaign a candidate either needs a weak opponent or about $800,000. 

The left thought they were being clever and made it very difficult to give large sums of money anonymously to local body candidates, so everything has to be on the record.

A quick look at Goff’s fundraising track record shows that calling him dead set useless is being kind. He has never bought in much cash, and he does not have fundraiser in his team.

As Labour leader he left the Labour Party flat broke. For those who think that the leader shouldn’t raise funds compare and contrast the equally useless Bill English and Phil Goff with the highly successful fundraisers Helen Clark and Don Brash.

The latter two raised a lot of money because they had the connections and the people around them to talk to donors.

Goff has never been any good at fundraising, and fundraising is hard, dirty work that has to be done to win a campaign.

Before the left start anointing him as the messiah they should ask whether he can build a big enough war chest to win a mayoral campaign against a well funded right wing opponent.

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