Here’s a very interesting story by Imre Salusinszky in The Oz:
QUESTIONS have been raised about independent MP Clover Moore’s source of electioneering funds, with a former campaign insider accusing her of hypocrisy over donations from property developers.
Norman Thompson, who volunteered three days a week as Ms Moore’s office manager during her successful 2004 campaign to become Lord Mayor of Sydney – a role she holds alongside her state parliamentary duties – said he became concerned at a $30,000 donation from a group called Living Sydney.
Living Sydney, a registered political party that has backed a number of independent candidates for Sydney city council, is financially supported by about 15 large property firms, including Mirvac, Meriton, Leighton, Westfield, Transfield and Lendlease.
The group reported $139,000 in donations from developers in 1999 alone.
“When I heard she was relying on Living Sydney, I went to one of her advisers and said, ‘Do you realise that a lot of the money is from property developers?’ and he just shrugged his shoulders,” Mr Thompson told The Australian yesterday.
If this is true, it’s interesting given Clover’s claim that she doesn’t accept donations from developers.