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Letter From US Republican Strategists To Dr Brash

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters yesterday released an email from American republican strategists Sam Van Voorhis and Curt Anderson to National's Leader Dr Don Brash.

This was the second email Mr Peters had released regarding American interest in assisting National's 2005 election campaign - the first of which was tabled during Question Time on Tuesday. The email released by Mr Peters on Tuesday was from Dr Brash to key National campaign personnel regarding the possibility of hiring American campaign strategists. Dr Brash was inspired to investigate the possibility of hiring overseas consultants after a lunch organised by US billionaire Julian Robertson in mid 2004.

During the 2005 election campaign Dr Brash was accused by Labour's Trevor Mallard of having an 'American bagman' organising National's campaign.

Dr Brash stated at the time that "there's no-one that I have met who is an American involved in our campaign."

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