NZ’s largest donors

May 28th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

An update from the electoral Commission on who the largest donors have been since beginning of 2013, to our political parties.

  1. Colin Craig to Conservatives $725,000
  2. Estate of Brian James Dalley to Labour $430,259
  3. Kim Dotcom to Internet Party $250,000
  4. Phillip Mills to Labour and Greens $124,999
  5. Alan Gibbs to ACT $100,000
  6. Lawrence & Katrina Day to Conservatives $175,000
  7. Dame Jenny Gibbs to ACT $56,000
  8. Xiao Miao Fan to National $53,603
  9. Contue Jinwan Enterprise Group  to National $49,200
  10. Gallagher Group to ACT $45,000
  11. Graeme Douglas to National $42,000
  12. Bruce Plested to National $35,000

I understand that the amount given by Dotcom to the Internet Party is well in excess of $250,000 but expenses paid on their behalf before they were a registered party do not have to be disclosed, which is a loophole in the law.

I have no problem with people donating large amounts to political parties, so long as they are disclosed in a timely manner.

Also this only covers donations to political parties and candidates. It does not cover gifts to MPs, which are done annually in the Register of Pecuniary Interests.

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31 Responses to “NZ’s largest donors”

  1. burt (8,201 comments) says:

    Since when do Labour need to name their donors ? I thought they passed that law for all other parties and they didn’t need to comply themselves !

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  2. G152 (278 comments) says:

    Crimdotcon has just bought rentamob.

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  3. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    This can’t be true. Everyone knows the big money goes to National!

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  4. deadrightkev (425 comments) says:

    Well it does, National and Labour get given about 1 million each from the taxpayer every election. So much for a level playing field and democratic election.

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  5. tom hunter (4,704 comments) says:

    Given that Alan Gibbs is one of the chosen gargoyles for the Left, regularly noted in blog comments as an all-purpose Koch Brothers-like boogeyman figure – who was Brian James Dalley and what inspired him to leave such a wad to Labour?

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  6. Redbaiter (8,350 comments) says:

    Colin Craig- good to see a politician putting his own money where his mouth is.

    Don’t forget the Greens and Labour will force you to pay if you elect them.

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  7. queenstfarmer (764 comments) says:

    @Tom: who was Brian Dalley?

    He was a professional property investor and made his money through capital gain and aimed to help property investors “achieve double digit returns”.

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  8. Ross Miller (1,686 comments) says:

    So the criminal Kraut can pony up a big wade of dosh to fund his anti-extradition Party while not paying his bills (or his staff). Methinks Hone should reflect on the old adage ‘In God we trust, all others pay cash’.

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  9. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,870 comments) says:

    Wasn’t one of the about to become minor parties railing about the Gnats asking members to include the party as a beneficiary in their will?

    How odd!!!!!

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  10. burt (8,201 comments) says:

    Adolf Fiinkensein

    It’s different when Labour do it !

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  11. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    So Colin Craig is buying his way into the House. I hope it is worth it for him – he seems a tad to delicate to make it – but best of luck to him, he’s certainly invested in his future!

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  12. tom hunter (4,704 comments) says:

    @queenstfarmer

    Thanks. Fascinating. Unlike living billionaire Tom Steyer in the USA there’s obviously no financial upside here, so I wonder what Dalley’s rationale was? Guilt? Or was he simply ignorant of what the Left have in store for people like him in the future?

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  13. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Judith: Have you put a Green Party billboard on your mobility scooter?

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  14. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    tom
    Perhaps he felt sorry for them.

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  15. tom hunter (4,704 comments) says:

    @mikenmild
    Jeez, that’s a bit harsh! Meeeowwww!

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  16. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    You don’t feel sorry for them?

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  17. tom hunter (4,704 comments) says:

    Not in the least.

    They glory in telling their subjects what to do and how to live their lives, they actively seek the political power to make those ideas into enforceable laws, and they’re not humble enough to have any doubts about the unintended consequences of putting their ideas into practice. Moreover, in this case, they’re the agents of their own misfortune.

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  18. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Sounds like a generic description of any political party.

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  19. tom hunter (4,704 comments) says:

    It is.

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  20. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ igm (1,121 comments) says:
    May 28th, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Oh you keep fishing IGM. I still haven’t decided who I’m going to vote for, only who I’m not going to vote for. Up until a week ago Winston was looking inviting, but I’ve gone off him this week. I’m not sure about the Greens, I don’t like the ‘two’ leaders thingy they’ve got going on, and so far they have yet to explain their policies. Like I have said, I have five questions that I would like answered in the policies, but so far none of the parties seem happy to discuss policies, only personalities.

    I’m rather hoping someone will start a party called ‘none of the above’ – they will definitely get my vote, and I suspect a few others as well. Although I think that might be why the internet party is getting support – sort of a protest vote – but I’ve ruled them off my list.

    PS I haven’t got a mobility scooter yet, I’m waiting to see which party will provide them FOC as an election bribe! :P

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  21. deadrightkev (425 comments) says:

    Judith

    You call Colin Craig buying his way into the house when voters have to actually vote him in for that to happen so you are talking crap as per usual.

    The fact that he invests his money where is mouth is on behalf of his members who have the inability to do so themselves shows how far he stands above the other parties that suck on the taxpayer for their election funding every three years.

    You have never met Craig that I can tell. You wouldn’t know how to run a business and turn an honest dollar as he has either that is for sure. Not a lot for us to feel complimentary about with you Judith.

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  22. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Nice that Colin has some friends here. Like Judith, I haven’t met the man, so I have to rely on media reports:
    http://metromag.co.nz/current-affairs/uncle-colin/

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  23. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ deadrightkev (215 comments) says:
    May 28th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    You see it how you want to see it, and I’ll see it how I want to see it. I do note however I am not the only person that has interpreted it as Colin Craig buying himself a seat in the house. Of course technically that isn’t how he would get there, but given that half the population has IQ’s under 100 or there abouts, I’m sure he will manage to find some that are impressed with him.

    I am really interested in how you think you know so much about me, and how I may have earned my income etc. Do you have a crystal ball – or any balls for that fact – given that such comments are really very catty!

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  24. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @ mikenmild (9,594 comments) says:
    May 28th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I am really surprised to learn that people are only allowed to have an opinion (and therefore by default, vote for) Mr Craig, if they have met him. I guess the term ‘door knocking’ is going to take on a whole new meaning in the next couple of months.

    Just how many homes are there in NZ for Mr Craig to visit?

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  25. Ashley Schaeffer (457 comments) says:

    Missing from list:
    Kim Dotcon to noMana $muskets and $blankets

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  26. chris (634 comments) says:

    Up until a week ago Winston was looking inviting, but I’ve gone off him this week.

    This is the problem with the NZ First party: people seem to think they are just “voting for Winston” when of course they’re voting for a bunch of other no hopers too. I remember hearing about calls to talkback radio after the last election when a bunch of Winston voters were confounded by all the others he dragged in with him. What did they think would happen?

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  27. coventry (320 comments) says:

    Anyone else find it unusual that there appear to be no current ‘disclosed’ donations from the union block (epmu, ctu, etc) to the Labour Party ?

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  28. Harriet (4,794 comments) says:

    Well put Mr Craig on the tv for free more often then Judith – say on – Cambell Dead one night a week! :cool:

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  29. iMP (2,356 comments) says:

    So…

    1. A wealthy German of several aliases and very dodgy wealth facing international criminal charges and extradition, buys a NZ party 100 days out, to manipulate our law & parliament.

    2. Kiwi bloke Colin Craig starts and personally funds a new political party which fronts up in the 2011, 2013 Local Body, and 2014 elections.

    GEE, who on earth do I choose come 20 Sept.? The choices are so confusing.

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  30. doggone7 (769 comments) says:

    And not a Parnell dinner mentioned !

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  31. DisgruntledOne (20 comments) says:

    “I’m not sure about the Greens, I don’t like the ‘two’ leaders thingy they’ve got going on, and so far they have yet to explain their policies. Like I have said, I have five questions that I would like answered in the policies, but so far none of the parties seem happy to discuss policies, only personalities.”

    I also get frustrated with the lack of intelligent dialogue, but you don’t have to wait for it. Have a read: https://www.greens.org.nz/policy

    “I have no problem with people donating large amounts to political parties, so long as they are disclosed in a timely manner.”

    Could you explain the reasoning behind this position? If you have a problem with undisclosed donations, presumably you are worried that money can cause corruption. But politics is complicated – even if we do know about the donation, it is difficult to identify corruption. Even in examples where a politicians actions clearly aid a donor and not many others, it is difficult to identify where the causation lies. (did the donation cause the policy or the policy cause the donation)

    Finally, this may sound silly but it is a genuine question. What do politicians actually spend their money on during a campaign?

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