Internet Party spending causes further embarrassment

Pam Corkery 2014

Kim Dotcom’s failed Internet Party has been dealt another humiliating blow.

Final election returns reveal $3.5 million was given to the Internet Party by?Dotcom. It ended up getting 34,094 votes ? that means Dotcom spent $102 per vote.

The election returns reveal the party’s explosive press secretary Pam Corkery was paid $15,000 for her 15 weeks’ work – that’s $1000 a week.

Party Leader Laila Harre was paid $66,000 ? more than $4000 a week.
The party spent more than $1 million on election related advertising, including $122,000 for a YouTube parody of Prime Minister John Key and US President Barack Obama. It also spent $21,000 on T-shirts.

The returns also reveal how much money Dotcom pumped into Mana’s candidate, with leader Hone Harawira getting $80,000, his deputy Annette Sykes getting $60,000 and candidate Te Hamua Nikora getting $60,000. Veteran activist John Minto didn’t get a cent.

I think Simpson Grierson should take note that Kim Dotcom had enough money to pay them. ?He just chose not to. ? You are the laughing stock of the legal fraternity.

But not as much as Pam Corkery who left her cushy ?job at Newstalk ZB for a cool $15k and subsequent oblivion. ?But not before she tore the media a new one in her role as press secretary, where, you know, getting on with the media is one of your KPIs.

In fact, Kim Dotcom spent more on T Shirts than he did on his party secretary.

And I have a begrudging respect for Kim Dotcom. ?Even though he paid Harre, and Sykes and even Corkery cold hard cash, he drew the line at John Minto.

Even Kim Dotcom can see John Minto is a lost cause.

 

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