Labour seeking corporate sponsors for its conference

October 31st, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

is selling access to MPs at its party conference. Conference materials for mailing

They have asked corporates to buy a stand in their marketplace for $1,500 and in return they get:

An opportunity to meet 1:1 in a short meeting with your choice (subject to availability) of Members of Parliament and senior Party officials (further information regarding this will be sent to you on payment). 

All political parties do fundraising, but I think selling direct access to MPs at a party conference is new for New Zealand.

I like how you can specify which gaggle of MPs you want to meet with. Would be tempting to have some fun and pay $1,500 just so you can force a meeting with David Cunliffe, Clayton Cosgrove and Trevor Mallard :-)

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46 Responses to “Labour seeking corporate sponsors for its conference”

  1. Monty (899 comments) says:

    Aren’t the MPs our employees? Why are they charging for access. This sounds like corruption to me. Pay $1500 and you can talk to your favourite MP. For the life of me I could not think of a single organisation that would possibly want to engage in any format with any Labour MP when their whole agenda is to increase taxes, make employing people more expensive and difficult, increase compliance and introduce a capital gains tax thus lowering the value of their business.

    Maybe though Sky City and the Power companies should pass over $1500 to demonstrate what hyprocrites the left really are. And then get That weasel John Campbell to send the blonde reporter after cunny asking why the Labour Party took money from such evil corporates

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  2. Ruminator (21 comments) says:

    Ummm have you heard of the Cabinet Club?

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  3. Manolo (14,169 comments) says:

    Imagine having to pay to meet lovely Nanaia Mahuta or the brilliant Clayton Cosgrove. The mind boggles.

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  4. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    Why pay $1,500 to tell Mallard to fuck off when you can do that here for free.

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  5. duggledog (1,624 comments) says:

    I’ll pay $1500 and put one of my sheep in there.

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  6. stigie (1,448 comments) says:

    Phuck me, they would have to pay me if they wanted me to turn up.

    They are hard up for cash !!~

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  7. Pete George (23,798 comments) says:

    Is that a set price or can you haggle for a gaggle?

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  8. GPT1 (2,021 comments) says:

    “Cash for policy” i hear the shrill cry from the MSM?

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  9. lastmanstanding (1,310 comments) says:

    Prostitutes!!!!!

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  10. Peter (1,694 comments) says:

    I hear Fenton is going for 50 cents and a free souvenir mug…

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  11. Cato (1,095 comments) says:

    If you agreed to pay $4,000 could you then skip the requirement to meet with a Labour MP?

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  12. kowtow (8,938 comments) says:

    Selling access to MPs is corruption.Corruption.

    The “c” word that we’re not allowed to use.

    It doesn’t exist in Aotearoa you see.

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  13. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Ummm excuse me Kowtow, whilst you are no doubt correct, it is an old practice. Even I’ve paid $500 to attend a dinner that the PM was attending. If I’d wanted to pay more I could have sat at the same table, but I wasn’t tempted (scared they might give me his meal, and goodness know what the kitchen staff might have done to it!).

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  14. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    $1500 to talk to a Labour MP .. good grief

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  15. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    They don’t really understand the concept of sponsorship do they.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The trick is for the corporate to align themselves with success to ensure that their brand has positive exposure.

    Fucking hell – too sad, really really sad-

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  16. dubya (245 comments) says:

    No doubt Fonterra will be lining up to support their illustrious inceptor, David Cunliffe?

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  17. Peter (1,694 comments) says:

    The trick is for the corporate to align themselves with success to ensure that their brand has positive exposure.

    Labour could therefore charge $1500 for one of their MPs *not* to be associated with your brand. If you don’t pay, they hang with you until you do….

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  18. kowtow (8,938 comments) says:

    judith ,paying to eat with pollies!

    Dumb and dumber.

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  19. rangitoto (263 comments) says:

    What do they charge for the extras?

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  20. Pongo (374 comments) says:

    Imagine the outrage if national did that! bad enough that unions now pick the leader but selling access to a group of people you have just spent the last 3 months pillorying and telling there lives are going to be pretty grim on the road to socialism is bonkers.

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  21. Keeping Stock (9,380 comments) says:

    I wonder if Mighty River Power and Meridian Energy will take up the opportunity to bag whoever is responsible for Labour’s dog of an NZ Power policy :P

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  22. bhudson (4,741 comments) says:

    I’ve never been offered an opportunity to meet my choice of MP for $x.

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  23. Komata (1,220 comments) says:

    Am I the only one who thinks that it is somewhat odd that a party that yells and screams about the evils of capitalism has absolutely no problems about using the self-same capitalism for raising money?

    Oh, wait, of course. With the NZ labour party anything is possible and if one compromises ones principles (wot principles…) then that is totally acceptable.

    (And of course, as others have pointed out, prostitution is now totally legal – thanks to the members of a certain party which shall remain nameless…)

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  24. alwyn (439 comments) says:

    I wonder what will happen after the 2020 election whan Labour finally get back into Parliament?
    Bill Clinton used to provide a night in the Lincoln bedroom of the White House for donors who coughed up large amounts didn’t he?
    On second thoughts I doubt if anyone would pay very much for a night at Premier House if you were told that the room would be the one where Bolger infant number nine had the measles.
    On the subject of paying for access to the Labour MPs I wonder if they have the Robert Jones option? When he, many years ago, was hauled into court and fined for belting a TV cameraman he asked whether, if he paid twice the amount, he could thump him again?
    Can we do that to a Labour MP.

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  25. nasska (12,101 comments) says:

    It’s a pity that “Truth” has folded…..Labour could have taken out a few spot adds in the ‘Adult’ section.

    Something along the lines of “cheap, very clean, extras, we love you long time” would possibly attract a few punters. :)

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  26. chuk (45 comments) says:

    So, you pay $1,500 and nominate an MP for a “short meeting”. If you’re then told your nominated MP is not available (e.g. I nominated Mallard and have later been told I can meet Fenton) do you get a refund? Yeah right.

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  27. iMP (2,456 comments) says:

    Is Monopoly money ok? or would you prefer a reference?

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  28. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    :???: Who in their right mind would think a short meeting with Labour party MPs is worth paying one and a half thousand dollars for?

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  29. Richard Hurst (885 comments) says:

    Trev ‘junket king’ Mallard is still there? I thought Cunliffe had already shot him and dumped the body out at sea…

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  30. Jafa (38 comments) says:

    I am sure Restaurant Brands will be up for this. Imagine the surge in KFC and Carls Jr. sales when the living wage gets paid to those struggling to make ends meet!

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  31. Sponge (265 comments) says:

    Nasska,

    “cheap, very clean, extras, we love you long time”

    Len might well be interested if you drop the long time” requirement.

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  32. nasska (12,101 comments) says:

    It’d be all over Rover after two minutes Sponge. The efficiency of the man is astounding. :)

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  33. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    Labour and National are just two sides of the same coin. Centerist progressives.

    There’ll be no shortage of people willing to pay this, looking for loopholes in the new tax regieme.

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  34. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    yeah Id pay to meet Jacinda..just to get up nice and close for a perv..smell her perfume..check out her norks..yeah Id do that

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  35. Johnboy (17,051 comments) says:

    But you wouldn’t want to pay $1500 for that would you liarbor when you could pay fuckall for a Liarbour membership and get to sniff her for almost free! :)

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  36. WineOh (636 comments) says:

    I guess it is the same party that legalised prostitution, so why not use it I guess.
    Problem is there are precious few that would be worth more than minimum wage in that department.

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  37. Grizz (613 comments) says:

    Call me Old School, but isn’t part of the thousands of dollars I provide in tax go towards paying MPs salaries and expenses so that they may avail themselves to me should it be required?

    Who do they think they are. Prince Andrew?

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  38. lolitasbrother (774 comments) says:

    Good grief, I thought where I am now, Thailand was the stupidest most politically corrupt country in the world,
    but I see Cunliffe wants to compete , lobbyists buying favours, I feel sick, I despise Cuntliffe.

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  39. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Good point JB…mind you for fifteen hundy Id want more than a sniff and a perv..

    Where b you in Thailand lolitasbrother…

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  40. Komata (1,220 comments) says:

    BTW: It has just occurred to me (perhaps wrongly), that these ‘Corporate Sponsors’ that are being ‘begged’ for money by a party that seems to be able to alter its ‘ideology’ when it suits, are essentially the same, infamous, ‘Rich pricks’ that the self-same party is always railing against.

    Can someone explain the ‘do as I say, not as I do’ mentality that seems to be allowing this?

    And why the party sheeples (the poverty-stricken ‘lower classes/ workers) seem perfectly happy to accept this from their party leaders?

    Is it because the ‘leaders’ having been ‘university-educated’ are seen as being ‘wiser’?

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  41. Liberty (277 comments) says:

    The going rate for a 10min meeting with some old has-been Labour MP is $1500.
    So what do you get for $10,000 grand , $20,0000 grand , $50,0000
    A sweet deal, Policy to suit ?
    It sucks, It is the thin edge to some seedy deals.
    Let’s be honest about it is corruption.
    It’s the same seedy party. who stole $800,000 grand and then legalized
    The pillaging. Corruption is nothing new to these a-hs.

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  42. lolitasbrother (774 comments) says:

    It is a bad day when we invite lobbyists to pay for future influence at a Labour conference. I doubt any person or business is New Zealand is that stupid but it tells us something about Cuntliffe.
    I have been in Thailand for most of three years and I have seen corrupt politics that would make any New Zealander sick. These people completely accept that about 30% of Government projects will disappear in bribes, and kick backs. This is the second world and it treats its citizens as idiots. And most of them are.
    But we are not idiots in New Zealand and we do not have to put up with Cuntliiffes sickening lurch back
    I will pay $NZ 1500 if I can bring my rifle, goes pop pop blank, scare the jesus out of the socialist

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  43. flipper (4,330 comments) says:

    alwyn (246) Says:
    October 31st, 2013 at 5:34 pm
    I wonder what will happen after
    *****

    Yeaahhh, alwyn…

    Bob gave him a “Rod Vaughan” – A BLOODY NOSE.

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  44. Paulus (2,707 comments) says:

    Judith – at least you got a meal for your money.

    But which PM are you referring to – Helen Clark I expect.

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  45. Wayne91 (142 comments) says:

    Judith – “…….. Even I’ve paid $500 to attend a dinner that the PM was attending. If I’d wanted to pay more I could have sat at the same table, but I wasn’t tempted (scared they might give me his meal, and goodness know what the kitchen staff might have done to it!).”

    Was the evening a fundraiser for a worthy cause?

    Re the kitchen staff – I’m sure they all dont have a nasty streak towards John Key like you do

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  46. backster (2,196 comments) says:

    Well no doubt MAZDA will shelling out plenty with all their support of Labour’s little man on TV3 they will be expecting to win the VIP car contract if the Labour/Green coalition should become Government.

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