A secret taxpayer-funded flying squad of Victorian ALP hard men continue to wage factional warfare, recruit members and compile dirt on the opposition, more than five years after the controversial practice was officially abandoned.

The group of around 10 "pool" staffers, plucked from the electorate offices of state upper and lower house MPs, billed the taxpayer for over $500,000 for political activities last year, including recruiting new members, running by-elections and interrogating electoral databases. Their activities were overseen not by voters, but by the ALP's Head Office in King Street, despite a 2004 edict abolishing them.