While there are literally hundreds of examples of politicians either employing their relatives or having party colleagues take them on, very few have reached the scale of Victorian Premier John Brumby’s family.
SA Attorney-General Michael Atkinson has changed the rules of democracy in the state, explains Hendrik Gout: you can’t make an anonymous political comment on a blog, but you can make an anonymous donation to the ALP.
The AEC has released the latest political party donations data, the Coalition is about to release its official climate change policy, and Parliament starts tomorrow with a fresh Newspoll. Brace yourselves, says Possum Comitatus: the election year has begun.
The Washington Times has scored internal documents it claims show Barack Obama has been rewarding major donors to the Democratic Party with exclusive access to the White House, administration advisers and important meetings.
Barry O’Farrell has stuck his neck out on political donations reform, lobbyist activities and election expenditure in an attempt to make ground on Premier Rees. But his own political fundraising is under question, writes Lee Rhiannon.
Newspoll has produced some interesting results on the public’s perception of political funding, reports Possum Comitatus, with opinions on third-party donations splitting strongly along age and gender lines.
Anna Bligh’s attempts to curtailing the influence of lobbyists and political donations will have some dramatic repercussions for all politicians. Will business fundraiser dinners be a thing of the past?
Sarah Palin’s fundraising haul this year has mostly come from small, grass-roots donors. It may not give her huge economic clout going into 2012, but, says Nate Silver, as Obama discovered, small donors often turn into activists and voters.