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Money in the Banks (Part #Toru)






In an interview on Radio NZ’s ‘Checkpoint’, ACT President Chris Simmons confirmed that ACT MP John Banks did ask Kim Dotcom to split a $50,000 donation in two.

Chris Simmon, ACT Party President

Chris Simmon, ACT Party President

He told Radio NZ’s Mary Wilson,

He has given me an indication as to why he made that suggestion – and that was that he initially was going to put in $25,000 of his own money and he figured that other people should be putting in the same sort of numbers.”

See:  ACT president confirms Banks suggested donation be split

This astounding admission contradicts John Banks’ earlier assertions that he had no knowledge of any donation from Dotcom,

If someone says to me, ‘How can I put money into your campaign?’ what would be wrong with telling them that – if that was that case? “

See: Banks sought split donation: Dotcom

John Key must stand down Banks as a Minister, whilst the matter is investigated by Police. In fact, this blogger goes further; there is now sufficient evidence that John Banks has consistently lied on this issue; provided a false campaign donations return; and tried to cover up the donations from both Sky City and Kim Dotcom.

As John Key said to then-Prime Minister Helen Clark, over Winston Peters,

It is no longer acceptable or credible for Helen Clark to assert a facade of confidence in her Foreign Affairs Minister and to fail to ask the plain questions of him that she has a duty to the public to ask. Helen Clark must stand Mr Peters down as a Minister. That is what I would do if I were Prime Minister. Helen Clark has stood Ministers from Labour down for much less.”

Key is now Prime Minister. He should know what to do next.

See:  Banks denies calling Dotcom over donation

As this blogger wrote in a previous blogpiece ( Money in the Banks ,Part #Rua ); again, Dotcom’s claims are confirmed – whilst Banks’ story changes almost daily.


Previous Blog Posts

Money in the Banks

Key on Banks; Staunch, stupid, or stuck?

John Banks – Demented or Slippery as an eel?!

Money in the Banks (Part #Rua)



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  1. 2 May 2012 at 9:24 pm

    And when will Key emulate the actions of former PM helen clark?

    • Matthew
      2 May 2012 at 10:15 pm

      He’s not half the person she was.

  2. 2 May 2012 at 10:27 pm

    He accepted Phil Heatley standing down from his Ministerial portfolios for two pitiful bottles of wine!!

  3. SpaceMonkey
    3 May 2012 at 10:02 am

    What’s the TAB offering on Banks not lasting next week…? He’s toast.

  4. 3 May 2012 at 2:59 pm

    At the very least, Key has lost a considerable amount of his credibility by not standing-down Banks. After standing down Pansy Wong, Phil Heatley, Richard Worth, and Nick Smith, it was a fairly clear indication that he had set a high standard.

    Obviously his one-seat majority is now playing on his mind, and “high standards” be damned.

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