Friday, April 4, 2008

Unintended Consequences

The Electoral Commission has released its decision on David Farrar's challenge to the EPMU registering as a 3rd Party under the EFA. Here's the decision:

This opens up a huge can of worms, and will, on the face of it, allow parallel campaigning, which was one of the very things that the EFA was supposed to address. Oh dear! Does this also open the door for the Exclusive Brethren to legally and openly campaign against the government and the Greens? It would appear so!

There are around 4000 EB in New Zealand. Potentially they could form 2000 incorporated societies of two EB in each, and each could register as a third party under the EFA. Once registered, each society could legally spend up to $120,000 to get their message across. Let's do the sums:

2000 EB 3rd Parties x $120,000 each = $240,000,000.00

$240 million - that is 100 times what the spending cap on the Labour Party is for the 2008 election - and that, dear readers is a REAL unintended consequence!!


Swampy said...

An incorporated society must have a minimum of 15 members.

Anonymous said...

Who cares?

There's no limit to the number of unincorporated societies one could be a member of - and there never was.

All this judgement says is that those 15 people can even be the National party campaign team

For all the outcry about the EFA, it always was a paper tiger. For every quarter million you spend, you just form another incorporated society. That's it.

I understand the brethren are in the process of setting up about 20 or so...