Anderton referred to Police

November 8th, 2011 at 12:06 pm by David Farrar

has been referred to the Police, for his letter to all voters in Wigram urging them to vote for Labour’s Megan Woods.

The Electoral Commission has ruled on a complaint from Cameron Slater that Jim Anderton is ineligible to be a promoter of a candidate advertisement, as he is a party leader. He did not register as a promoter, and someone involved in the administration of the affairs of a registered party is ineligible to be a unregistered promoter.

This could be quite a lot more serious that the normal referral for forgetting to put an authorisation statement on an advertisement. There are two reasons this is much more serious:

  1. Jim Anderton has done something he was not allowed to do under the law.
  2. This was not an obscure ad on Facebook or in a school newsletter, but a letter sent to every voter in the electorate

Sadly we will not know before the election the outcomes of any of the complaints to the Police. In what appears to be a fit of cowardice, it seems they have a policy that they will not decide on any prosecutions until after the election. This is massively wrong, and actually encourages law breaking.

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29 Responses to “Anderton referred to Police”

  1. RRM (8,988 comments) says:

    maybe the police just have a “priority” queue for all correspondence received from known radical activists / professional haters / political buskers / etc?

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  2. Lance (2,309 comments) says:

    Hell, if you know the police will do nothing…. just piss all over the Law, it’s good for a laugh

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  3. Manolo (12,617 comments) says:

    Once a crook, always a crook. Neanderton is incorrigible.

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  4. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    Here’s something interesting.

    If you go to http://www.ownourfuture.co.nz/ you can download Labour campaign posters that have authorisation statements. Wow. Great.

    But…

    1. The site says “Download these posters, print them out and put them up at your work, in your windows, give them to friends.” So is Labour encouraging staff to break the law and use company money to print these posters?

    2. Does a company that prints these posters contribute to Labours campaign fund/count toward its campaign spending?

    3. How does Labour keep track of the number of downloads and thus accrue this against its campaign fund? Of course, they won’t be, and frankly I think it’s stupid that election laws are so prescribed. But Labour takes the moral high ground on fair spending and then goes and does the opposite.

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  5. berend (1,599 comments) says:

    DPF: In what appears to be a fit of cowardice, it seems they have a policy that they will not decide on any prosecutions until after the election.

    Where is that from?

    [DPF: Word of mouth, combined with the fact they had made no decision on extremely simple cases despite months to do so]

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  6. peterwn (2,933 comments) says:

    berend – the Electoral Commission has already referred a number of issues to the Police, and they have not progressed any as far as it is known. Hence the presumption that the Police do not wish to progress them until after the election.

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  7. burt (7,085 comments) says:

    Without fear or favour …. ha ha ha.

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  8. burt (7,085 comments) says:

    I must be nuts… I thought Police were employed by the Crown to serve & protect the best interests of all NZ people – turns out they are employed by Parliament to serve and protect politicians.

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  9. burt (7,085 comments) says:

    I think all you people missed the key point; Stage 1. Don’t do anything till after the election. Stage 2. Not in public interest to prosecute as the outcome could be another election – way too expensive… Move on!

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  10. adamsmith1922 (879 comments) says:

    Given consistent police inaction in this area i suggest we repeal all election law as the law is not enforced

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  11. burt (7,085 comments) says:

    adamsmith1922

    But what about when a Labour MP threatens to stand as an independent – the law gets applied to the letter in that situation.

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  12. polemic (315 comments) says:

    OH DEAR

    Where is the Dear Leader “Hulun” when you need her?

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  13. KH (686 comments) says:

    Be interested to know if Jim used his own cash or used our taxpayers money to do this. A letter to every voter is not a cheap item. Do we add ‘theft’

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  14. burt (7,085 comments) says:

    KH

    Years ago he ran 1,000 letters for his wife’s local council campaign through a parliament franking machine – he was caught after somebody who received one complained it was paid for by parliament and all he had to do was pay it back.

    There are more Anderton stories like this one… so I’m picking it’s almost guaranteed that “we” paid for it.

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  15. Brian Smaller (3,915 comments) says:

    The whole policing of electoral advertising is a joke. Why bother? Just let people and organisations spend what they want, as long as it is their own money.

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  16. burt (7,085 comments) says:

    Brian

    But the EB might speak out against Labour… Don’t you remember how that’s an assault on democracy !

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  17. backster (2,000 comments) says:

    I fail to see why the Electoral Commission cannot commence their own court proceedings without reference to the Police. If they are not empowered to do so then they should be, or better still empower them to bypass the court and issue their own appropriate penalty.

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  18. burt (7,085 comments) says:

    backster

    A more simple and predictable approach would be to not allow Police to use their discretion for allegations of law breaking by politicians. Let the courts sort it out. Remember the basics of democracy; Indepent Parliament, Police & Judiciary.

    Only in NZ would parliament be empowered to act as all three and still call itself a democracy !

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  19. jaba (2,068 comments) says:

    I though Whale pointed this out months ago

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  20. Graeme Edgeler (3,216 comments) says:

    1. The site says “Download these posters, print them out and put them up at your work, in your windows, give them to friends.” So is Labour encouraging staff to break the law and use company money to print these posters?

    2. Does a company that prints these posters contribute to Labours campaign fund/count toward its campaign spending?

    3. How does Labour keep track of the number of downloads and thus accrue this against its campaign fund? Of course, they won’t be, and frankly I think it’s stupid that election laws are so prescribed. But Labour takes the moral high ground on fair spending and then goes and does the opposite.

    Well, they certainly should be counting the cost of each one that someone prints off and puts up.

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  21. Graeme Edgeler (3,216 comments) says:

    I though Whale pointed this out months ago

    Yep. And he’s now succeeded in having the matter officially referred to the Police by the Electoral Commission.

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  22. Mark (1,301 comments) says:

    There is no doubt about the importance of electoral laws especially (when they are broken by the left) but it hard to get past the thought that Slater looks like a bit of a pathetic snitch in this case. These laws should be adminstered by the Electoral Commission not the police. I would have thought the police had more important issues to deal with on a daily basis.

    One wonders whether Slater was one of those kids at school who kept dobbing wrongdoers into the principal no mater how trivial the misdemeanor.

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  23. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    such a fucking narc is our Whale !!!

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  24. Mick Mac (1,091 comments) says:

    The NZPOLICE are politically bent I’m afraid.
    They are not the friend of the NZ Public, nor defender of bent politicians.
    Maybe they are all in the same lodge?

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  25. Batman (97 comments) says:

    So, on a similar topic…

    This morning every member of our family who has been on the electoral role (including one who no longer lives with us but hasn’t updated her address yet, and also the previous tenants of our house) recieved a personally addressed letter from Grant Robertson which espoused what he has done as the Wgtn central MP and what promoting the policies which Labour wishes to introduce.

    the letter also contains a sentence which explicitly asks for my vote, “A vote for me and for Labour on 26 November will give all New Zealanders the opportunity to own our future and ensure that all New Zealanders can reach their potential.”

    It also has the authorisation statement as follows “Authorised by Grant Robertson, 160 Willis St, Wellington”

    My Question(s) for everybody is, Is it legal for an electorate MP to use the electoral roll to effectively send unsolicited mail to voters? Is Grant Robertson an authorised promoter or is he “involved with the administration of the affairs of a party”?

    My beef isn’t with Grant promoting himself or his party, heck, i’ve kept a set of promotional flyers from each party so my younger siblings who are new voters can see for themselves who they want to vote for! But i object to the nature of this letter which is addressed to me personally, and presumably every voter in wellington central got one too!

    DPF, Greme Edgeler et al, do you guys know? I’m happy to scan and send a copy of it to DFP or Whale if they so wish!

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  26. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    Nationals new election strategy…

    Death by a thousand papercuts.

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  27. Manolo (12,617 comments) says:

    Good on Whale Oil for exposing the deceitful bastard Anderton. A shameless politician who already has inflicted too much damage to our economy.

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  28. Pauleastbay (5,030 comments) says:

    Black, you are repeating yourself, you used the paper cut thing the other day.

    Have they got you rostered 24 hours a day to troll or is some of it paid and some voluntary?

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  29. Razork (374 comments) says:

    Sam Collins has been absoluty working his butt off in Wigram, While Megan Wood’s strategy seems to be “vote for me coz Jim likes me”!

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