McCarten’s original plan was to have union funding, but it seems that was not forthcoming.
A big donor did back the plan, but their identity has not been released to the party or to the public.
Little said the party had disclosure obligations, both in terms of donors and spending. The party was dealing with that.
The campaign was a campaign to get votes for Labour. It used the Labour brand to recruit people and we have evidence that some of those recruited were going work directly for Labour in electorates like Auckland Central or making videos.
I believe the donation to the campaign was an effective donation to Labour and if over $15,000 (I hear it is well over $100,000) needs to be declared to the Electoral Commission.
The whisper I have heard is that the identity of the donor will cause huge embarrassment as the donor is an entity funded by the taxpayer to provide social services.
I look forward to Labour revealing who the donor is. It’s ridiculous to claim they don’t know when the entire campaign was run by Labour party staff and officers.