NZ First donations
The SFO has got the Spencer Trust accounts now. We hope they have them all. The Spencer Trust - which Winston Peters said he had never heard of, even though his brother was running it on behalf of his party - was formed in August 2005 and the $25,000 from Bob Jones was paid into the Spencer Trust on 19 August and then paid to NZ First a week later as part of a $50,000 payment from multiple donors.
The reference is D/C meaning it was paid by direct credit. But Jones wrote a cheque! Where was that cheque banked into? Does anyone know whether the "or bearer" was crossed out on the cheque? If not, the cheque was either doctored or NZ First has two Spencer Trust accounts. Who paid the blacked out money? Was this account set up to get the Bob Jones and others money and hide it from electoral authorities, given that Jones' money was the first entry in the account.
It's a fair bet that Helen Clark knew that Peters had broken the law before the privileges committee announced its inquiry.
This year, NZF filed a late donation return and used the ‘reasonable’ excuse for its lateness that they had to wait for Winston to return from overseas before they could file it. Is it false?
But what did Winston have to do with it?