The Labour Party is seeking legal advice on how much of $43,000 of trade union advertising it will have to include in its election expenses after
confusion about how much it is required to declare.
Labour has authorised two Council of Trade Union ads which promote Labour policies and attack National, with a combined cost of about $43,000.
Although Labour does not have to contribute to the cost of the ads, because it approved them it must include the cost in its election expenses return.
CTU president Helen Kelly said the union had worked out with Labour how much the party would have to include in its expenses return, believing the law required Labour only to include the proportion relating to it.
However, a spokesman for the Electoral Commission said the law required Labour to include the cost of the entire advertisement in its expenses.
So the Electoral Finance Act strikes again, and confusion reigns - even amongst the architects of the legislation!! But this line REALLY had me chortling:
A mistake in the expenses return could have ramifications for Labour if it inadvertently pushes it over its election spending cap.
Inadvertently?? Give me strength! This is the party which promised the Chief Electoral Officer it would include the pledge card in its 2005 return, then didn't. This is the party which rushed through legilsation to make legal spnding that the Auditor-General had ruled was illegal. This is the party which foisted the Electoral Finance Act on the populus, an Act which even the Labour Party is struggling to comply with. The Labour Party will get little sympathy from this blogger!