Rudman gets it 100% wrong

February 11th, 2009 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

gets it 100% wrong in today’s Herald column.

At least in the United States, the donors have to declare their contributions. The repeal of the means that Alan Timothy Gibbs of Kaukapakapa will no longer have to declare $200,000 in donations to Act last year, nor will new Act list MP John Boscawen have to reveal he stumped up $100,000. Ditto the rich horse industry brothers Peter and Philip Vela, who gave last-minute donations of $100,000 to Labour and New Zealand First.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.  The Government announced last year that the donation transparency provisions of the EFA would be retained in the Electoral Act. This has been confirmed on multiple occasions since, and is well known and understood. That is part of the reason why the repeal maybe backed by every MP in Parliament.

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24 Responses to “Rudman gets it 100% wrong”

  1. PhilBest (5,112 comments) says:

    TYPICAL. The retraction and apology for this should be a big, bold one so that nobody misses it. And if they won’t do it, they should be made to.

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  2. PhilBest (5,112 comments) says:

    And if Rudman wants to take a look at how the US legislation works out in practice, he could do some scrutiny of the Obamessiah’s record-breaking fundraising, where transparency requirements worked so well that one can scrutinise the donations from Donald Duck, Adolf Hitler, Che Guevara, Mother Theresa, Father Christmas, etc, etc, etc…….

    Apparently the task of investigating complaints falls to the administration that wins the election………

    If Team Bush had been guilty of this sort of stuff in 2000 or 2004, would we have heard the last of it yet?

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  3. casual watcher (289 comments) says:

    Rudman seems to be a very poor excuse for a journalist. His writing style is focussed on personal abuse and objectivity is entirely missing from his repertoire. He and Phil Goff have a lot in common – noone is listening and their respective roles are likely to be short lived.

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  4. Graeme Edgeler (3,222 comments) says:

    http://www.presscouncil.org.nz/complain.html

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  5. georgebolwing (495 comments) says:

    PhilBest: methinks you might be spreading some urban myths here.

    The Federal Electoral Commission has a very good search facility on its individual donation returns: http://www.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml

    I could find no donations from Donald Duck, although there are many people with the unfortunate surname Duck.

    No Hitlers at all. Lots of Guevaras, but no Ernesto (Che was a nick name).

    John McCain got some money from Mrs Joan B. Christmas.

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  6. CraigM (692 comments) says:

    I wonder if this is a case of not letting the facts get in the way of a good story, which would indicate dishonesty on Rudmans part ( and the dishonesty of his editor?)…

    or is it simply poor journalism?

    Phrases like:

    “…….wacko sects like the Exclusive Brethren to run secret $1 million pro-National campaigns with impunity” &

    “there must be those in National with business connections just drooling at the thought of the cash flow generated during that campaign.”

    are surely just showing his political biase .

    I fail to see how such basic errors of fact could be made, so that would make his ‘error’ deliberate. He should be publicly censured (not likely) or even sacked for such a gross display of dishonesty/negligence. (even less likely)

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  7. kaykaybee (122 comments) says:

    If Rudman apologises I’ll do a Keith Locke in Newmarket

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  8. Ross Miller (1,624 comments) says:

    Rudman gets it wrong … so whats unusual about that?

    Mind you the poor fella has been in deep mourning since an early Saturday in November.

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  9. MT_Tinman (2,793 comments) says:

    Yet another member of the slime gets it wrong.

    What’s new?

    On a slightly different tack why should individuals have to declare where they spend their money?

    The country is no better for knowing, corruption is not endemic in NZ politics (well not in those of the right anyway) and if Joe Bloggs wants to support his local candidate’s campaign financially good on him.

    Only if he wants tax credit for the donation should the public be advised.

    Kaykaybee, if the impossible happens you’re going to pretend to keep a promise and attract a great deal of slavering slime attention while proving only that you’re an out and out liar?

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  10. georgebolwing (495 comments) says:

    MT_Tinman

    You are right, there has to be a very good public policy reason why we would want to require people to make public how they spend their hard-earned dollars.

    I am pretty comfortable with the idea that transparency of political donations will improve the functioning of New Zealand’s democracy.

    Having secret trust funds and secret donations does at least raise the suspicion that parties are in the pay of vested interests.

    Let the daylight in, I say!!

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  11. NZTed (42 comments) says:

    Who reads Rudman anyway?

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  12. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Rudman in my humble opinion typifies the corruption of the media by false journalism. A huge part of Obama’s money came from unnamed sources. For all the public know, the Chinese Government (totalitarian communists) could have financed Barack’s election campaign. The way the mainstream media has failed in its duty to scrutinise this bat eared fool (and every other leftist politician) is an utter disgrace. Made even more contemptible by the way they have hounded Sarah Palin and her family and so totally misrepresented her to the public. Not journalists. Just disgusting completely untrustworthy leftist scum.

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  13. AG (1,727 comments) says:

    Reddy:

    “A huge part of Obama’s money came from unnamed sources. For all the public know, the Chinese Government (totalitarian communists) could have financed Barack’s election campaign.”

    Umm … maybe because individual donations under $200 don’t have to be declared under US law, and Obama was very successful in mobilising a very large number of contributors to donate small amounts to him? Which is a good thing, isn’t it? Public participation? Individual choice? Personal freedom?

    And as for the Chinese getting him elected, I think you’ll find it was the Secret Cabal of Intergalactic Alien Superfiends who actually were responsible. Or any other crazy, made up conspiracy theory you prefer. And just where IS that birth certificate? Why hasn’t he been kicked out of office yet? And why are the bloody traffic lights always against me? And why won’t my tinfoil helmet keep out the microwaves?

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  14. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Yawn.. you try so hard AG, I sometimes feel that being the caring human being I am, I should feel some urge to respond seriously to your shallow uninformed idiocy, but for some reason, that urge just doesn’t come.

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  15. AG (1,727 comments) says:

    “but for some reason, that urge just doesn’t come.”

    You can get pills for that, you know. There’s quite a few ads for them.

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  16. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Pfffft. I’d be embarrassed to write such witless juvenile and obvious crap. That you aren’t says about all there is to say.

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  17. AG (1,727 comments) says:

    Unfortunately, there isn’t (yet) any medical treatment for not having a sense of humour. Maybe you could offer yourself as a prospective test subject?

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  18. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Unfortunately, there isn’t (yet) any medical treatment for not having a sense of humour.”

    I’ve got a sense of humour, its just that it isn’t activated by the weak infantile crap you think is funny.

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  19. AG (1,727 comments) says:

    “I’ve got a sense of humour”

    Evidence please. Because, as far as I can see, you have yet to demonstrate this on a single occasion. With over 5000 posts to your name, I’m sure you can find at least ONE example for us all?

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  20. unaha-closp (1,033 comments) says:

    Politician A raised campaign millions from freely contributing individuals; whilst Politician B bought a new wardrobe using campaign millions stolen from the hands of honest taxpayers.

    Redbaiter prefers Politician B, obviously.

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  21. Gooner (995 comments) says:

    Partisan hackery from Rudman.

    He is good friends with, and a former flatmate of, Labour Party President Mike Williams.

    That’s why he is silent on Owen Glenn’s $500K donation to Labour.

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  22. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “for us all”

    Another indication of your deranged state of mind is your constant delusion, exampled in so many of your tiny minded posts, that you speak for some cheering crowd of followers. Get real dumbfuck. You speak for yourself.

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  23. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Redbaiter prefers Politician B, obviously.”

    Actually, I merely prefer truth to lies, something that you should attempt to emulate. Don’t worry, given your leftist political predilections, I fully recognise such attempts would most likely be utterly futile.

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  24. PhilBest (5,112 comments) says:

    GeorgeBolwing:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/10/adolf_hitler_donates_to_obama.html

    And there have been plenty of other sources covering this story since way back before Nov 4.

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