Controversial Electoral Finance Bill passed

Posted at 5:41pm on 18 Dec 2007

The Government's controversial Electoral Finance Bill passed its final vote in Parliament on Tuesday.

MPs voted by 63 to 57 in favour of the bill. The National Party, the Maori Party, ACT, United Future and independent MP Taito Phillip Field were opposed.

The bill creates new rules for groups seeking to advertise in an election year.

From 1 January 2008, any third party that wants to campaign for or against a party will have to register with the Electoral Commission, and will face a spending cap of $120,000 for advertising.

The bill also creates new rules for donations to political parties.

The National Party calls the bill an attack on democracy, but the Government says it will stop big money buying an election.

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