Controversial blogger Cameron Slater is denying allegations that he offered to pay for a hack into left-wing blog The Standard.
IT consultant Ben Rachinger told TV 3’s The Nation Slater offered him $5000 to get the website’s internal mailing list.
Rachinger said he declined the right-wing blogger’s offer.
Rachinger told The Nation the offer was made by text where Slater said he wanted ‘all MPs outed’.
‘He asked me ‘I want you to focus on this job of getting into The Standard – I’ve got $5000 available for it’ he said’.
However, Slater has denied these claims, saying ‘it’s total and utter bulls***’.
Slater said he was not surprised by the allegations but they were not true.
In the past Rachinger had asked Slater for money when he was in a tough spot – he said.
Slater said he did not recall the exact amount he gave to Rachinger.
‘It would be $500 here and $500 there’.
‘I’m a generous person – I help people out when they’re in trouble but sometimes people bite the hand that helps them out’.
However the loans given to Rachinger had been taken out of context – he said.
The allegations followed Slater’s claims that articles on The Standard website were ghost-written by Labour Party insiders.
However The Standard expressly denied this on its website – saying its bloggers came from a variety of backgrounds and had many different political affiliations.
Rachinger said the pair discussed the plan but Slater would not name who was funding the hack.
He said he was only told the ‘funders aren’t the Nats’.