ajobbins:kiwitrc: Since you mention vote buying, the TaxPayers Union have a Bribe-o-Meter on their site showing how much tax payers are going to have to pay for the promises of the various parties. Currently only the Nats and Labour are up and they say they will add to it once policy is announced.
The TaxPayers union are an unashamedly partisan right-wing group and as such any information they publish should be treated with a grain of salt.
Hager in yesterday's interview with Wallace Chapman on Nat Rad specifically mentioned the Taxpayers' Union as an example of astro-turfing. (And the claim in an earlier earlier that Hager's book is an example of astro-turfing simply shows that there's clearly a bit of confusion about what the term actually means. Again, an inability to separate one's views and politics from the wider issue me thinks...). Ironically, their own website states "The Taxpayers' Union is a grassroots activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers"! (my emphasis).