Labour and Greens voted to exclude Winston’s foundation from donation transparency

Nick Smith moved an amendment to the bill around foreign donations that was:

In section 207(2), definition of party donation, replace “or to any person or body of persons on behalf of the party who are involved in the administration of the affairs of the party,” with “to any person or body of persons on behalf of the party who are involved in the administration of the affairs of the party, or to any incorporated or unincorporated foundation or trust that is associated with or supports the party,”.

This amendment would have meant that donations to a foundation associated with a political party such as the NZ First Foundation would be treated as a donation to the party and require the same transparency.

The amendment was voted down 56 to 63 with Labour and Greens voting to protect Winston’s pet foundation from transparency.

They voted to continue to allow foreigners to donate unlimited amounts of money to the NZ First Foundation.

This tells you a lot about what their values really are.

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