Archive

Posts Tagged ‘BMWs’

“He will be a very good friend for you when he is in Parliament”

.

Frank Macskasy Blog Frankly Speaking

.

“He will be a very good friend for you when he is in Parliament” – according to Kim Dotcom’s bodyguard, Wayne Tempero, just after taking a call from John  Banks, in July last year .

Banks had phoned on 30 July asking for another campaign donation – this time for his ACT candidacy for last year’s election.

Kim Dotcom replied in somewhat colourful terms, declining Bank’s request,

I do recall raising the issue of donating to the Act Party with Mr Dotcom’s staff … I was subsequently advised by one of his staff that Mr Dotcom said ‘to go get f****d as your Government has caused me too much trouble’ or something along those lines.” – John Banks, NZ Herald

What followed next is disputed by Banks – though his recall is at least somewhat more certain than previous allegations. Wayne Tempero wrote in an email to Dotcom,

I just had a call from John Banks about asking you for a small donation for the Act Party which he is standing for government this year…  he will be a very good friend for you when he is in Parliament“. – Ibid

“…he will be a very good friend for you when he is in Parliament.

Banks rejected Tempero’s claims,

Mr Tempero’s recollection of events is different to mine. I will not be responding to any further allegations made by Mr Tempero.”

At least Bank’s memory seems to be improving.

Though one wonders how he can recall this event, but not others?

John Banks may deny wrongdoing, but thus far,

  • Kim Dotcom’s story has held up to scrutiny
  • John Bank’s account has been less than credible and has changed with time
  • Kim Dotcom has provided witnesses and evidence to his claims
  • John Banks has only a dodgy “memory”

It seems that money can buy you “friends”? Especially in high places?

If this is not an indication of a hint of corruption in politics – then what is? Is this how ‘business’ is done in ACT – and National?

It certainly seems like it. Especially when we recall this questionable event,

.

Full Story

.

Frank Macskasy blog Frankly Speaking

Full Story

The upshot of  the BMW story is that National received a $50,000 donation from BMW Team McMillan after National decided to go ahead and replace their ministerial limousine fleet.

It’s nice to have friends in high places.

.

Previous blogposts

Doing ‘the business’ with John Key – Here’s How (Part # Rua)

Crony Watch!

Money in the Banks (Part #Wha)

That was Then, this is Now #11

.

.

= fs =

Advertisements

User Pays: the eventual conclusion

27 March 2012 1 comment

|

|

Superman, for hire? Not quite right, is it…

Of course, we rightly view such a scene with aversion.  Some things, we just don’t expect to see with a  price levied.

|

= 1 =

|

Our British cuzzies recently discovered this on Monday, when it was discovered that the governing UK Conservative Party’s top fundraiser Peter Cruddas, had been selling access to senior British government MPs and Ministers. The full story is worth reprinting,

|

In a sting operation, ‘The Sunday Times’  secretly videotaped fundraiser Peter Cruddas  discussing donations. The film showed him telling undercover reporters: “200 grand ($317,000), 250 is premier league … it’ll be awesome for your business.”

If donors met Cameron, Cruddas claimed in the recording, “within that room, everything is confidential and you will be able to ask him practically any question that you want.”

‘We will listen to you’
He suggested they could even influence party policy, saying: “If you are unhappy about something, we will listen to you and we will put it into the policy committee at (the prime minister’s official residence).”

Cameron responded by saying Cruddas’ actions had been “completely unacceptable.” Cruddas, a millionaire, resigned within hours of the report.

Cruddas made the remarks to two journalists he thought were international financiers and who were accompanied by a lobbyist.

“Because we depend on donors so much we have to be careful” to show “you cannot buy access,” he said according to The Sunday Times. But, he told the undercover reporters, if you donate “you could well be at a private house having a private dinner with George Osborne, David Cameron, William Hague, the chairman around the table.”

Osborne, the cabinet minister in charge of economic and financial matters, and Foreign Minister William Hague are both members of Cameron’s center-right Conservative Party, which leads the governing coalition alongside the Liberal Democrats.

Embarrassing
The funding issue is embarrassing for Cameron, who promised before coming to power in May 2010 to curb corporate lobbying, saying it was the “next big scandal waiting to happen.”

Following the report, Cameron admitted he had used his official home at 10 Downing Street to host dinners for Conservative donors.

The scandal threatened to undo Cameron’s efforts to shake off his party’s image of being too close to the interests of business and the rich as Britain undergoes an austerity program to cut its budget deficit.

“This is not the way that we raise money in the Conservative party, it should not have happened,” said Cameron. “I will make sure that there is a proper party inquiry to make sure this can’t happen again.”

While there were also tax cuts for lower earners, the government’s recent budget went down badly with many Britons, giving the impression the government was looking after the wealthy and cared little for those suffering rising unemployment and falling incomes as the economy struggles to recover from recession.

Previous attempts to reform the political funding system have foundered on the Conservatives’ reluctance to cap donations from wealthy individuals and the opposition Labour Party’s desire to avoid limits on contributions from unions.

Msnbc.com’s F. Brinley Bruton and Reuters contributed to this report.

Acknowledgement for source: MSNBC World News

|

By the next day, Britain’s Prime Minister and Leader of the UK Conservative Party, David Cameron, admitted what ‘The Sunday Times’  had uncovered,

|

Full Story

|

The article further states,

Of a dozen couples or individuals who dined with Cameron, including eight who were at a post-election celebration in July 2010, six were financiers, including three hedge fund managers, and two were property magnates. Two run manufacturing firms.

The Chequers list included the names of party treasurers as well as the millionaire property developer David Rowland and Lebanese businessman Fares Fares...

As other parties offer supporters and donors access to meetings and debates with leaders and senior officials, the Conservatives have a system for encouraging political and financial support. Their Web site offers a hierarchy of “Donors Clubs” where minimum levels of donation give increasing degrees of contact with party officials and representatives.

For the 50,000-pound ($80,000) annual membership of the “premier supporter group” – The Leader’s Group – “members are invited to join David Cameron and other senior figures from the Conservative Party at dinners, … lunches, drinks receptions, election result events and important campaign launches”. “

Cameron was at pains to reassure British voters that,

“We are more transparent than any government and any prime minister have ever been. We behaved properly.

“What Cruddas was doing was totally unacceptable.”

We have a saying here in New Zealand for that kind of statement,

|

|

Of  course, such things don’t happen here in New Zealand. Our own National Government does not do “favours” for cash donations to the Party…

|

= 2 =

|

Full Story

|

Full Story

|

Full Story

|

Full Story

|

Full Story

|

Full Story

|

Full Story

|

Full Story

|

From the Electoral Commission webpage,  “Returns of party donations exceeding $30,000“,

|

Source

|

From the Electoral Commission webpage,  “Returns of party donations exceeding $20,000“,
|

Source

|

Those are the facts, as presented from various sources.

I invite you, the reader, to draw your own conclusions, regarding the individuals; companies; their donations  and their links  to National.

(Note: The Electoral Commission webpage on returns of party donations includes donations to Labour, ACT, The Greens, and NZ First.)

|

|

= fs =