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Monday, April 18, 2005

Labour and National awarded $2m of YOUR money

The Electoral Commission has announced allocation of advertising dollars and subsidized airtime to political parties. Labour is receiving $1.1m for political advertising (!!), and National is receiving $900,000.

How much should any political party get from taxpayers? $0.

Even worse, a bunch of little unregistered parties are getting money AND airtime!

Read the bad news at Stuff.

UPDATE @ 2:52PM: Official Elections NZ page here.

UPDATE @ 3:29PM: Corrected $800,000 to $900,000. Thanks PC.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/18/2005 01:57:00 pm


Blogger PC said...

Whoops. It's actually $900,000 for the Nats, making it a cool $2 million of our money they're spending to tell us how they're going to bribe us. $3.2 million if you count all the parties. www.elections.org has all the fine print.

{Feel free to delete this post once you've corrected things. Cheers, PC]

4/18/2005 03:28:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Noted. I only delete comments if they've been double posted, are legally dubious, or if they are from the one person banned from this blog.

4/18/2005 03:31:00 pm  
Blogger Andy said...

I loath the idea of my money being used to fund Political Propaganda of any kind but more especially when the BS being promoted is fundamentally at odds with my own beliefs.


4/18/2005 06:35:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

I agree that the taxpayer shouldn't be funding political advertising. However, if we go to a fundraising system more like the US then there must be a realistic ceiling on the amount of money that can be spent - to avoid those parties with the most money winning. Last thing we want is politics like the US.

Oh, and you didn't subtract the Families Commission and other Labour advertising. Perhaps that should be deducted from what Labour got! :)

4/18/2005 10:42:00 pm  
Anonymous Mike Readman said...

This is completely communist, the government provides the funding for the advertsing and it's illegal to try to obtain any more beyond that.

4/19/2005 12:28:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

If we deducted the Working for Families scheme then Labour would owe us what.... $24mil?

Or did they cut down their advertising spending on that programme...

4/19/2005 12:31:00 am  

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