2010 donation returns

May 5th, 2011 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Al registered parties had to file their 2010 donations return with the Electoral Commission by 30 April 2011. The returns won’t be up on the Elections NZ website until next week, but they are open for inspection at their offices so I headed on down today to check them out.

Three parties have not filed returns, and are in breach of the law. The New World Order Party and The Workers Party. Technically also the New Citizen Party, but they onlyregistered in November 2010.

Parties have to disclose any donations over $10,000 (plus overseas and anon donations etc). Nil returns were filed by United Future, ALCP, Libz, Alliance, Kiwi, Democrats and Winston First. Of course we know that a nil return for Winston First can actually mean they’ve had hundreds of thousands of donations.

ACT

One donation of $19,000 from Margaret Alldred, who is also the Party’s Administration Manager.

Progressive

They’ve disclosed $$13,000 from the “Wigram Progressive Party”. This suggests that Jim’s local organisation was not a formal part of the overall party, and he kept the funds close to him locally.

Maori Party

Pita Sharples has donated $19,171.50, in fortnightly payments. Interesting that no other MP has donated over $10,000.

Labour

In addition to the already disclosed $25,120 from former party secretary Mike Smith (donations over $20,000 are disclosed as they are made, and don’t wait just for the annual return), they also had $16,500 from Ann Robinson and $15,100 from Karl Maughan.

I presume Ann Robinson is the glass sculptor of that name, and Karl Maughan the painter. I suspect they did not make a cash donation, but donated art works that were auctioned off for the amounts disclosed.

Greens

All nine MPs had to pay a tithe, which totalled $136,786.64. This is an average per MP of around $15,200.

National

National had total donations of $397,820.50. All but $17,820.50 of this had been previously disclosed (and I had blogged them previously). The $17,820.50 comes from Garth Barfoot, presumably the director of Barfoot & Thompson real estate agents.

These disclosed donations are only of the large ones over $10,000 in value. They may represent a small or large portion of a party’s overall funding. For example National raises around $4m over three years just from relatively small membership donations.

The new electoral finance law passed by National, will have some extra transparency around donations made in 2011 and afterwards. As well as disclosing the individual large donations (those over $15,000), parties will also have to disclose the number and total value of donations from $1,501 to $5,000 and from $5,001 to $15,000. But we will not see these until April 2012.

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20 Responses to “2010 donation returns”

  1. V (719 comments) says:

    But remember ACT is the party of big corporate donations. (repeat until people believe it is true)

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  2. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Well no ones backing labour these days. no wonder they’re reduced to standing at the side of the road and getting university student unions to write their campaign material in chalk.

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  3. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    Had the pleasure of meeting Garth Barfoot at an ultra marathon I ran in last year. Amazing guy, genuinely nice bloke. And now I like him even more :)

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  4. Monty (977 comments) says:

    Oh Dear – can we assume that
    1. Winston has no donations over $10,000. This might present a problem when he tries to fight an election
    2. Labour ditto – (except the art work) this could spell trouble if they have no money to fight the election. Saying as much over at Kiwi-blog is usually grounds for moderation from the sensitive Trev. Trev – we know you are an avid readewr of Kiwiblog so tell us about the donations and if there is even money in the bank account to fight the election.
    3. Greenies een to have no supporters but their own
    4. I expect Act donations to now increase substantially.

    [DPF: We can't assume Winston has had no donations of over $10,000. The only thing we can assume is that he has filed a nil return, but many of his previous nil returns were false]

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  5. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    But remember ACT is the party of big corporate donations. (repeat until people believe it is true)

    No time to check (time to write a comment though :-D ), but from my recollection of old donation returns, I would say that the most significant donations (for all parties) come in election year.

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  6. david (2,557 comments) says:

    The Garth Barfoot donation, being an odd number would indicate a donation in kind rather than cash.

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  7. PaulL (5,981 comments) says:

    Do we also get, under the current or the new system, information about total donations per party? Or just donations over $10,000 in the old system, and $1,000 in the new system? It’d be interesting to know the aggregate funding of each party – I suspect that Labour get a large number of small donations from union members (I seem to recall these are counted as individual donations from members, rather than a single donation from the union itself).

    [DPF: Under the new system you will in future get total donations made which are of $1,500 or greater value]

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  8. Monty (977 comments) says:

    But David, Winston only got financial support when he had something to “pay back” to the contributors. Now out of parliament, he has nothing to offer, so the financial contributions therefore dried up. Plus association with the Corrupt Winston will draw attention to the financial backer for all the wrong reasons.

    Does anyone know the state of Labour election fund?

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  9. DRHILL (121 comments) says:

    Do Independents have to disclose their donations (Chris Carter for example)

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  10. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    Is there a limit to donations? Could someone give 500k if they wanted?

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  11. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    @dime – absolutely! Quite coincidentally my Nigerian uncle and I are forming a party as we speak. I’ll be in touch to organise your deposit :)

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  12. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    heh

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  13. Inventory2 (10,339 comments) says:

    DRHILL – those kind of donations don’t count ;-)

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  14. nasska (11,491 comments) says:

    If Winston & the remnants of Labour don’t start pulling some serious dosh there could be a glut of cake stalls this year.

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  15. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    Independents do have to disclose donations to their campaigns, after the election, like all candidates do.

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  16. hubbers (139 comments) says:

    Does anyone else think a great way to circumvent the electoral finance disclosure law would be to get some lefty hippy artist type to cobble together something arty and then “auction” it and get people to anonymously bid for it?

    Would this be legal?

    Do we know who bought the art above?

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  17. hj (7,005 comments) says:

    Susan Chou
    Earlier this week we saw Hong-Kong based company Natural Dairy Holdings buying full-page national newspaper advertisements to spin its bid to buy the Crafar Farms. Today it has been revealed that Auckland woman Susan Chou, closely associated with Natural Dairy Holdings, has in the past two months made $200,000 in donations to the National Party.

    Team McMillan Ltd
    http://www.teambmw.com/
    Title: New BMW’s for the MPs
    Post by: Lovelee on February 15, 2011, 04:37:44 pm
    200k each!! The last lot are 3 years old!!

    BM moans and groans about Maori – but misses the point when it comes to the real issues.

    We are being asked over and over to stop spending .. and those bastards buy new ones .. not leased .. purchased!

    (http://i703.photobucket.com/albums/ww32/XtraNewsCommunity2/Animated%20emoticons/29_CrapHitsFan.gif)

    Barfoots

    Chinese nationals are moving into the New Zealand property market as Kiwis find the dream of owning their own home slipping away due to high prices.

    Despite the Demographia International Housing Affordability survey released this week finding New Zealand to be one of the world’s costliest places to buy a home, price does not seem to be a barrier for wealthy Chinese nationals who are being blocked from buying second or third homes in China.

    Sixteen Chinese cities have introduced policies restricting the number of homes and properties a family can buy, and increased levels of down payments for home purchases with the aim of cooling China’s heated property market. Beijing was the first to bar families from buying more than one home in May last year, and Shanghai followed in October.

    This week, Chinese media reported the curbs will be extended to second and third-tier cities.

    Auckland’s biggest real estate agent, Barfoot & Thompson, said its offices had received a significant increase in inquiries from would-be buyers in China.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10702056

    And after all, this is an investment report, so here’s part of his investment conclusion (page 17):

    The Mother Of All Price Signals Is Upon Us, Says Investor Jeremy Grantham
    As resource prices rise, the entire system loses in overall well-being, but the world is not without winners. Good land, in short supply, will rise in price, to the benefit of land owners. Technological progress in agriculture will add to the value of land holdings. Fertilizer resources – potash and potassium – will become particularly precious. Hydrocarbon reserves will, of course, also increase in value. In general, owners or controllers of all limited resources, certainly including water, will benefit. But everyone else will be worse off, and a constrained-resource world will increase in affluence per capita more slowly than it would have otherwise, and more slowly than in the past.

    http://moneywatch.bnet.com/economic-news/blog/macro-view/the-mother-of-all-price-signals-is-upon-us-says-investor-jeremy-grantham/3436/

    Yeah Right!
    Property Council chief executive Connal Townsend said debate about the future ownership of the 16 Crafar dairy farms appeared to have tapped a racist vein, when the real issue was New Zealand’s willingness to value its own landholdings and provide certainty to people who can commit capital, generate local employment, and encourage economic growth.
    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1007/S00062/overseas-investment-necessary-for-new-zealand.htm

    Antoinettes Restuarant???? per Darth Vader???

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  18. BlairM (2,339 comments) says:

    New Zealanders need to get rid of this shame and stigma they have about political donations. We need more of the “I gave twenty grand to National and I’m damn proud of it” variety. That’s largely how it is in America, despite the fact that American campaign rules are even more restrictive than NZ ones.

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  19. hj (7,005 comments) says:

    Not when it is buying policy.

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  20. hj (7,005 comments) says:

    We need a party to look after the interests on New Zealanders not the real estate industry. New Zealand First would be a thorn in the side of the property industry dominated National Party hence the campaign against Winston. Hone on the other hand is a “good bloke”..

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