Money can buy a leader

01/06/2014

Money can’t buy love but it can buy the leader of a political party:

Internet Party leader Laila Harre has revealed she is being a paid back-bench MP salary as leader of the Internet Party

A backbench MP is paid $147,800, plus perks including travel and accommodation expenses plus super.

The usual remuneration for the leader of a minor party out of power is nothing.

Leaders could expect to have expenses covered or reimbursed but in any other party it’s a voluntary position.

“I have just agreed to a contract which is in line with the already public intention of the party to pay candidates the same as a backbench MP. . .

How does this fit electoral law which limits election spending?

Kim Dotcom, who made his fortune from Megaupload (for which he faces piracy, money laundering and racketeering charges), and sister sites including Megaporn and Megaerotic, has revealed he is bankrolling Internet Mana to the tune of $3 million.

Earlier, Internet Party CEO Vikram Kumar told NBR that other sources of funding paled next to the money being tipped into the campaign by one of Mr Dotcom’s family trusts. . .

This in effect means she’s not being paid by the party but by Dotcom.

If he’s paying the piper he’ll also be calling the tune.


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