Curbs on anonymous donations hit Nats hardest

A new regime to clamp down on anonymous donations is expected to hit National Party coffers as Labour fights to “keep the hollow men and secret money out of politics”.

The regime was inserted into the Electoral Finance Bill by the justice and electoral select committee, which reported its changes yesterday.

The original bill did not address the matter of anonymous donations, but in an eleventh-hour change the select committee introduced a completely new regime.

The hardest hit by the new limits will be National, which got $1.7 million through trusts in the last election.

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