The Government spent around $380,000 to promote Helen Clark’s unsuccessful bid for the United Nations Secretary-General job.
(ed: troughing..eh..?..do these people/politicians ever pay for something themselves..?..
and isn’t it nice how we pay for all of clarks’ air-fares (international and domestic) when she comes back to visit nz…(that must so help her to balance the family budget…eh..?…)
and i dunno about you….but i get quite shirty/shitty when i consider how 30+ years of neoliberal ‘reform’ have led to world-beating rates of inequality/poverty for many (ostensibly) labour party voters..
…and multi-millionaire labour party mp’s…troughing like chipmunks on speed…with clark the biggest/most meth-drenched ‘chipmunk’ of all of them…
just add up her ongoing yearly ‘take’ from the new zealand taxpayer/those poor…..it’s kinda mindboggling…)
Among the campaign costs covered by the taxpayer were the services of a US lobbying firm which charged $20,000 a month – records show.
Prime Minister John Key formally nominated Clark as a candidate for secretary-general position in April and said at the time he expected the campaign to cost ‘hundreds of thousands’ of dollars.
Clark – the head of the United Nations Development Programme and a former Labour Prime Minister – lost out to former Portugese Prime Minister Antonia Guterres last month.
Responding to an Official Information Act request the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) said Clark’s campaign was ‘undertaken as part of the ministry’s standard business’.
All costs were met from within the ministry’s baseline budget.
Of the spending which could be specifically attributed to Clark’s campaign $367,207 was spent on travel and accommodation for Clark and her support staff.
Another $8072 was spent on business cards – printing – and presentation items and $8970 was spent on meetings and events associated with her UN bid.