Ban all anonymous donations

David P. Farrar

David P. Farrar joins us with his long running kiwiblog.

Business manBan all anonymous donations

It is absolutely outrageous that a cosy deal has been done to allow Labour to keep most of its anonymous donations.

If anonymous donations are seen to be bad, then they should be banned totally.

Here’s a challenge to the Greens who have championed ending anonymous donations - move an amendment at committee of the whole stage to the Electoral Finance Bill to abolish all anonymous donations above the discloseable limit.  Will the Greens stand up for their principles or have they done a dirty deal with Labour to protect Labour’s anonymous donations?

Most on the left support a ban on anonymous donations.  Here’s their chance to show some integrity - join in asking the Greens to move an amendment to ban all anonymous donations above the disclosure limit. Force Labour and National to vote on the amendment.

The principle is simple.  Electoral Law should not be written to favour one party.  Setting a level of acceptable anonymous donations that is obviously tailored to Labour is outrageous.  It is an Americanisation of our electoral system, such as where they set boundaries to favour one party.  Reject the Americanisation of NZ politics and reject the cosy deal cooked up by Labour and the Greens.
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