“..A new politician has been dragged into the saga of Donghua Liu’s funding of political parties.
National’s Coromandel MP Scott Simpson received a $5000 donation from the controversial Chinese-born property developer for his 2011 election campaign – after meeting Liu about 10 times – including a couple of dinner dates.
The donation was declared in Simpson’s post-election return – and has been uncovered by the Sunday Star-Times during a forensic trawl of donations to MPs.
But Simpson did not flag the donation with National Party leadership when Liu and the cash-for-favours scandal hit the headlines this year.
‘I had made my declaration which – as far as I was concerned – was all that I was required to do’ Simpson said..”
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