electoral finance act

Is spending money on trying to affect how people vote a bad thing ... unless it's you who is doing the spending?

On my sabbatical year in Canada in 2006, I was introduced to a couple of truly great new (to me) things. One was chocolate porter as the ideal mid-winter tipple in a land of ice and snow. The second was Arrested Development, watched as a DVD box set in evening-long binge sessions. For those who've done likewise, you'll understand the reference made in this post's title.

The Electoral Finance Act is dead. Long live the Electoral Finance Act.

Cast your mind back, if you will, to late 2007/early 2008.

Stage two of National's electoral finance reform proposals is out—and it looks oddly familiar

The release of National's latest step in its multi-stage public consultation on electoral finance reform takes me back to the topic of my very first Pundit p

The benign winter is over but spring is proving autumnal for the Government

According to the Electoral Commission, the political parties received far less in big donations for the 2008 election than in 2005. So just how did they fund their campaigns?

One of the more positive features of the much derided, now defunct Electoral Finance Act 2007 was that it attempted to tighten the rules around public disclosure of large donations to political parties.