“..Justice Minister Judith Collins’ resignation was sparked by a Fairfax investigation into a smear campaign by bloggers – apparently backed by controversial financier Mark Hotchin.
Hacked emails appear to show Hotchin secretly paid bloggers Cameron Slater and Cathy Odgers to write attack posts undermining the Serious Fraud Office – its director Adam Feeley – and the Financial Markets Authority – who were probing his collapsed Hanover Finance in 2011 and 2012.
The emails indicate the campaign was orchestrated by Hotchin’s then spokesman Carrick Graham –
– a PR consultant and tobacco lobbyist..”
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