Glenn Scandal deepens

Blog: Was NZ First’s mystery donation from Glenn too? – 20 Feb 2008 – NZ Politics – Political editor Audrey Young blogs from Parliament – New Zealand Herald

UPDATE 4.35pm: Owen Glenn this afternoon has strongly hinted that he gave New Zealand First the large anonymous donation that appeared in its bank account in December.

But he categorically denies having offered the Maori Party $250,000 at the last election for going with Labour.

Glenn’s response to my questions about whether he was the sources have come via Steve Fisher at Baldwin Boyle PR firm in Auckland who spoke with Glenn this afternoon.

“He had absolutely nothing to do with any monetary offer to the Maori Party, nothing to do with it at all,” Fisher said. “As far as New Zealand First is concerned, he said to go and talk to them.”

When I said I had talked to president Dail Jones and that he didn’t know, he said Glenn was aware of that but alluded to the fact that the party was trying to track down leader Winston Peters in Africa.

It was simple enough for Glenn to deny he was behind the Maori Party offer, and that is totally accepted.

It would have been simple enough to deny he had donated to New Zealand First.

The fact that he didn’t suggests that he did. He just thinks it is up to Peters to say.

We are all ears.