2018 party donations

The Electoral Commission has published the 2018 donation returns for political parties.

The returns only include donations over $1,500 so this doesn’t include the thousands or tens of thousands of party members that might donate $100 and can total over a million dollars. So it is an incomplete picture. But how much did each party get from donations over $1,500?

  1. National $741,915
  2. Greens $603,731
  3. Labour $173,343
  4. ACT $145,072
  5. NZ First $87,870 (plus loan of $76,622)
  6. TOP $87,843
  7. New Conservative $20,028
  8. Maori $2,000

And who were the largest individual disclosed donors (over $15,000):

  1. Greens: Betty Harris $350,280
  2. NZ First: NZ First Foundation $76,622 (loan)
  3. ACT: Christopher Reeve $60,000
  4. ACT: Dame Jenny Gibbs $56,000
  5. TOP: Gareth Morgan $50,000
  6. Labour: Robert Smellie $50,000
  7. Greens: Julie-Anne Genter $28,427
  8. Greens: James Shaw $28,387
  9. Greens: Eugenie Sage $28,257
  10. National: Graham Drummond $25,500
  11. National: RCL Henley Downs Ltd $25,000
  12. National: Owen Glenn $25,000
  13. Greens: Jan Logie $23,327
  14. Greens: Marama Davidson $20,548
  15. Greens: Gareth Hughes $20,028
  16. Greens: Philip Mills $20,000
  17. National: Anurag Rasela $19,909
  18. Labour: Jacinda Ardern $18,790
  19. Greens: Chloe Swarbrick $18,066
  20. Greens: Golriz Ghahraman $17,986

Once again NZ First are hiding their funders. Off memory in 20 years of electoral donation returns they have never ever disclosed the identity of a party donor (at least not in the original returns).

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