Aug 2, 2008

The Difference Between A Political Donation And A Bribe

Fran O'Sullivan raises an interesting point in her opinion piece in today's NZ Herald

Questions have been raised in Parliament as to whether policy decisions in Peters' foreign affairs and racing portfolios may have been in favour of NZ First's major donors.
There is, of course, a flipside to such speculation. If donors gave funds to the party in anticipation of major benefits they could arguably be accused of bribery.

Could this be why donors other than Bob Jones are being less than forthcoming on thier donations to NZ First?

Owen Glenn in contrast is quite open. He wanted the title Honarary Consul so he tried to pay for it. Where he comes from that is the way business is done. We have to say that Glenn has risen somewhat in our estimation.