I’m no fan of the Exclusive Brethren, and believe their involvement in the 2005 election probably damaged National more than it helped it. However the line peddled by Labour that they spent $1.2 million on pamphlets and Brash knew about this is not correct.
Zen Tiger provides a handy rebuttal of three myths about the EB’s involvement.
My biggest criticism of them is that they did not call a press conference before the first pamphlet went out, announced what they were doing and why. It is the hiding the identity aspect which goes down so badly – as with the distribution of the NBR article on Hubbard last local elections. Quite legitimate to distribute a newspaper article, but one should be open you are doing it.