Candidate returns

Been looking at the candidate returns for the 2014 elections. A few stats.

  • There were no anonymous or overseas donations (above the reporting limit)
  • The most well funded candidates were Hone Harawira who disclosed $105,000 of donations and spent $16,000.
  • Stuart Nash received a massive $99,000 in donations. The breakdown is not yet online
  • The Maori Party candidate for Te Tai Tokerau received $95,000 from the Maori Party which seems weird as it was in their interest to let Labour win there.
  • Two Mana candidates received $60,000 each but spent only $13,000 and $20,000 respectively
  • Todd McClay had the highest donations for a Nat candidate at $50,000
  • 173 candidates in total had a discloseable donation
  • The candidate who spent the most on newspaper advertising was Clayton Cosgrove at almost $16,000
  • Alastair Scott spent the most on radio advertising at just over $9,000
  • The highest spending candidates for Internet advertising were Andrew Bayly, Tamati Coffey, Nick Smith and David Seymour who spent $6,400, $4,600, $4,200 and $3,500 respectively
  • The highest spending candidate overall was Ron Mark in Wairarapa at $25,491, then Callum Blair (Conservatives) then Annette Sykes. In fact the five highest spending candidate all LOST. David Seymour was the highest spending candidate who won on $24,481.
  • Lowest spending Labour candidate was Arena Williams (Hunua) on $1,587 and National candidate was Brett Hudson (Ohariu) on $2,517
  • Lowest spending candidate who got elected was Meka Whaitiri on $5,853 and for National Jacqui Dean on $7,001

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