Wednesday, 24 June 2009
When you look through the list of donations to political parties published by the Australian Electoral Commission, the Motor Trades Association of Australia does not feature yet the success the MTAA had in getting government aid when car dealers were threatened with a loss of finance shows that the body has considerable clout in Canberra. Perhaps there was a little hint of how this can be so in some comments made by MTAA chief Michael Delaney about the donation of that ute to Kevin Rudd's electorate campaign office by one of Ipswich members. Mr Delaney explained that he encouraged all MTAA members to assist politicians with their local campaigning. It is the big donors to head offices of political parties who might get the headlines but it is those who spend a little and often at the grass roots level who end up with the influence.
Posted by Richard Farmer at 21:34