Campaign for Change counts as Labour donations

David Farrar has received a letter from the Electoral Commission that says that donations for the controversial Matt McCarten concocted ‘Campaign for Change’ that involved international interns count as candidate donations.

McCarten had claimed the campaign was to be funded by a large donor but he is named as the large donor.

Kiwiblog:  Electoral Commission rules Campaign for Change counts as Labour candidate donations

The Electoral Commission has investigated the Campaign for Change and made the following determinations:

  1. All funds spent by the Campaign for Change are Labour candidate donations and must be declared in returns after the election
  2. McCarten personally paid for the costs
  3. $65,095 was spent up until Labour formally took over
  4. The Campaign for Change was not a neutral enrolment exercise

The letter from the Electoral Commission is on the Kiwiblog post.

No word yet on whether there has been an inquiry in Parliament about McCarten working on a campaign while potentially paid as a staffer.


  1. PDB

     /  August 30, 2017

    “McCarten personally paid for the costs”


    Funny how McCarten tried to say the interns worked 50% of the time campaigning for Labour & 50% on neutral campaigning activities.

    Was that 50% ‘neutral campaigning’ getting people to sign up to vote and the other 50% getting these people to vote Labour?

    • Gezza

       /  August 30, 2017

      Just as well the current leader can claim ignorance?

  2. alloytoo

     /  August 30, 2017

    hmmm Hooten just pulled $50K+ out of his arse and the kindness of his heart.

    More likely he’s laundering it for someone who risks real embarrassment.

  3. Corky

     /  August 30, 2017

    Ah, the machinations of the Left…and they talk about National.

    • Gezza

       /  August 30, 2017

      It’s McCarten we’re talking about.
      In several categories of his own:
      Left Under A Cloud.
      Left Labour Languishing.
      Left Looking Stupid.
      Left Right Out.

  1. Campaign for Change counts as Labour donations — Your NZ – NZ Conservative Coalition