dman: Every other politician in the country is likely quaking in their boots! As the arrangement he had set up is hardly greatly different from many others? If anything, it is the others (such as Len Brown and David Cunliffe) who have been smarter about hiding their donations.
What John Banks did is the furthest possible from corruption, as basically he got donated money to his campaign years ago and then did *not* offer help when called upon (which is what made Kim Dotcom so furious at John Banks). This is the opposite of corruption, where money gets paid for favours. And if this is how Kim Dotcom reacts to not getting a pillow while in prison from his $50k donation, what do you think he will demand, and how will he react if refused, from his millions and millions poured into the Internet Mana Party?
I am astonished John Banks got found guilty. Many things about that trial struck me as odd, for instance how on earth did the Judge find Mona DotCom (the wife of a man who has a public and hard core vendetta against Banks, and a wife who had serious basic holes in her testimony) to be a more reliable witness than John Bank's wife??
so this is back in the news and dman the only one in this thread that was accurate in his assessment of the case.
I have to say I'm not a fan of John's and I have met him on a formal occasion but he has had a gross injustice done in this case and the ramifications are hige.
Be interesting to watch and see what transpires with the Crown prosecution.