2013 donation returns: the surprising truth
The Electoral Commission has published the 2013 annual donation returns from registered parties.
In terms of large (over $15,000 donations) the parties that received them were in order:
- Greens $261,807
- National $164,603
- Conservatives $190,000
- ACT $25,000
That is fascinating. The Greens received the most in large donations, and Labour received nothing (in 2013) over $15,000.
In terms of medium sized donations ($1,500 to $15,000) the totals received were:
- National $865,900
- Labour $478,555
- Greens $124,905
- ACT $108,895
- Maori $73,473
- Mana $28,374
- Conservatives $6,506
- NZ First $2,000
NZ First says they received only one donation above $1,500. Hmmn.
ACT’s large donor was a Lani Hagaman. She and her husband are property investors.
The Conservatives had $90,000 from Colin Craig and $100,000 from Laurence and Katrina Day. Laurence I think is a Director of Quantum Education.
Most of the Green Party donations are from MPs who paid between $15,500 and $20,000 each. Also got $20,000 from a Jane Juneau who is a New Plymouth photographer.
National had five large donors (and 185 medium sized ones). The five large ones were:
- Xiao Miao Fan $63,500
- Oravida $30,000
- Cyril Smith $29,950
- Gallagher Group $24,152
- Graeme Douglas $17,000
Worth noting that the value of the five large donors is quite modest compared to the medium sized donors. They represent just 15% of total donations over $1,500. Also I’d estimate National receives probably $1 million or so on top of that through membership fess and donations that are under $1,500 individually, so the five large donors are probably just 5% to 8% of total income for National.
Political commentator David Farrar posts at Kiwiblog.