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Windsor gets big backing in failed election bid. Tony Windsor's failed bid to unseat Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce at the last election had significant help from Wotif founder Graeme Wood. In donations disclosed by the Australian Electoral Commission on Monday, it was revealed Windsor had received $488,528 in donations for his July election campaign in the seat of New England, including $200,000 from Wood and $15,000 from Golden Lineage, the family investment trust held by Optical Superstore CEO Ian Melrose.