Wednesday, April 16, 2008

MPs newsletters and emails caught by EFA

ACT MP Heather Roy has been advised by the Chief Electoral Office that her weekly newsletter, which a recipient has to sign up to recieve, is an election edvertisment, has to be authorised - and therefore counts as an election expense.

This would also apply to any other MPs newletters or emails, however if the MP e-mailed a link to a website, or put it on a blog without an authorising statement, that would not contravene the EFA.

To comply with the EFA, all MPs newsletters and some media releases sent to non-media personnel by e-mail containing information that can reasonably be regarded as encouraging or persuading voters to vote for or against any poltical party - and most media releases sent by email to non-media personnel - must contain authorising statements and count as an election expense.




Blogger Andy said...

Yeah, the EC said her fridge magnet is fine, and yet the newsletter is not

April 18, 2008 at 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sack Annette King.
better still don't vote for any MP or their party who voted for the EFB

April 22, 2008 at 12:16 PM  

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