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National's funding scandal deepens

8 September 2005

National's funding scandal deepens

It is now clear beyond reasonable doubt that Dr Brash knew of the plans of seven businessmen from the Exclusive Brethren sect, according to Labour's campaign spokesman Pete Hodgson.

"We now know that the sect began planning eighteen months ago, and that they first met Dr Brash at that time. We also know that Dr Brash ran away from reporters when he was asked yesterday if his meeting with them one month ago included discussion of their campaign"

"The gentleman is in denial. It is now clear beyond reasonable doubt that Dr Brash knew of this campaign, which is probably worth $500,000. He must tell the truth, today. It is likely that a court would find the approximately $500,000 expenditure is attributable, because it is strongly suggestive of support for National. If so, National may run the risk of exceeding its expenditure limit in the campaign."

National's funding scandal deepens. Dr Brash should be asked:

- Did he discuss the sect's plans 18 months ago?
- Did he discuss the sect's plans last month?
- Has he sought legal advice as to whether the pamphlets are attributable?
- Has he budgeted the cost of the pamphlets with his campaign in case a court finds that they are attributable?
- Was he or any National party worker or parliamentary staffer involved with, contributed to, or given a look at the design, wording, production, or distribution of the pamphlet?

ENDS

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