Oh dear. Labour, the paragons of virtue who felt compelled to enact the Electoral Finance Act to minimise the effect of "big money" on elections have been forced to disclose a donation of $100,000 from Resource Finance, a company set up (what a surprise!) by Peter and Philp Vela. The donation was made on 31 October, and matched a donation of $100,000 to New Zealand First, the party that doesn't accept donations from big business.
So just what purpose was this money put towards? An all-expenses trip to Melbourne for a Super-Hero? The "Mary" advertsing campaign? Did it enable a "thank-you" payment to Kees Keizer? And why did Labour, the party who promised transparency in electoral funding not disclose the donation until AFTER the election - they were legally entitled not to disclse for two weeks, but what about morally? Were they ashamed to have to go cap-in-hand to Winston Peters' backer?
Ah, so many questions and so few answers. Perhaps though this explains why Helen Clark and Winston Peters were inseperable until the weekend before the election.