Kim Dotcom's $50,000 link to John Banks
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 7:00p.m.
By John Campbell
Kim Dotcom is the latest person to have been found to have allegedly donated money anonymously to John Banks.
It is already known that in the race to be super city mayor, Sky City donated $15,000 each to the two front runners.
Len Brown listed Sky City as a donor but Mr Banks did not.
Campbell Live was interested in that because we had heard Kim Dotcom had made a donation three times that size to the John Banks mayoralty campaign.
Campbell Live has even been told Mr Banks was so grateful that he called Dotcom to thank him for it.
An investigation found that like the Sky City donation, the Dotcom donation appears to be listed as anonymous.
The question is why?
The Dotcom camp is adamant Banks knew the money was from them.
Police expected to investigate Banks' campaign donations
Mr Banks declined to do an on-camera interview, but it does seem that he did not always decline invitations concerning Kim Dotcom.
Footage from Dotcom’s birthday party shows him telling visitors to raise their glasses as he proposes a toast to the Megaupload millionaire and his family.
Banks has admitted that he visited the Dotcom mansion.
What is in dispute, however, is how many times.
Kim Dotcom says the birthday party was not the only occasion Mr Banks visited, saying he once sent his helicopter into Auckland to collect Mr Banks from the central city landing strip at Mechanic's Bay, and fly him out to the Dotcom Mansion.
But Mr Banks does not remember whether that happened or not.
“I don’t remember that,” Mr Banks says.
When pressed on whether or not he had ever taken a helicopter to the Dotcom mansion, Mr Banks remained vague.
“I can’t recall whether I did or not,” he says.
Mr Banks was also a guest at a special waterfront party hosted by Dotcom to welcome in the New Year on January 1, 2011.
Dotcom had paid for a fireworks display for Auckland to celebrate his New Zealand residency. There have been few bigger fireworks displays in New Zealand.
At that point Mr Banks was no longer Mayor of Auckland, having been defeated by Len Brown.
After the party was over, Mr Banks and his wife, Amanda, warmly farewelled and thanked Dotcom and his wife Mona, and they all hugged each other.
There was also a hug for Wayne Tempero, head of Dotcom security. The men clearly knew each other. Arrangements were made for the following week.
No numbers were exchanged – clearly they already had each other’s numbers.
Dotcom says that when Mr Banks was running for the Mayoralty, he had raised the subject of campaign donations with the German millionaire.
Dotcom, who gave $HK1 million to the Christchurch earthquake relief fund, was a generous benefactor - and says he immediately offered Mr Banks $50,000.
Dotcom says Mr Banks gratefully accepted his offer, but Dotcom also says Mr Banks asked for the donation to be split into two payments of $25,000 each.
Mr Banks says he does not remember who gave him money.
“Well, I don’t know. I mean I haven’t seen the forms now for a couple of years, so I don’t know who gave me money, I can’t remember now,” says Mr Banks.
He also says he could not remember discussing money with Dotcom and his team.
“Well I met with them, I know them, but I can’t recall discussing money with them.”
There are no donations from Kim Dotcom or anyone associated with him listed anywhere in the papers for Mr Banks’ mayoralty campaign.
However, there are five anonymous donations of $25,000.
The Dotcom camp believes two of them were theirs.
Now, there is nothing wrong with that, at all.
But as with the Sky City donation Mr Banks received, there is a contention that he knew where some of this money was from, so it was not actually anonymous.
Mr Banks was interviewed by 3 News about the Sky City donation yesterday.
“I welcome this enquiry by the electoral officer, no problems, nothing to hide, nothing to fear,” said Mr Banks at the time.
Dotcom has not heard from Mr Banks since he was arrested and Banks' relationship with him appears to be on hold.
Dotcom could do with some friends in high places now. The kind of mate for example who proposes a toast at your birthday party.
Did Mr Banks know Dotcom had made two of these donations?
If he did, and recorded them as anonymous – he is in breach of the Local Electoral Act.
The act clearly says, “anonymous... means a donation that is made in such a way that the candidate concerned does not know who made the donation”.
But Mr Banks appears not to remember what happened.
His problem may be, that Dotcom, and others in his team, say they have very good memories of it all.
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14/07/2012 1:07:15 p.m.
Banks was always a loser ! Living on others money. Now its in the open, simple to say "I can't remember". WOW What a story Banks. Nice one ~ What are these Parliament people actually up to ?
Why they take our money. Police on the road just giving fines. Not even stopping real crime at all.
While we have a real criminals right here and thats "BANKS". Why does it take so long to fine them ? Coz they are big people with money. While we little people have no say, and just take the fine immediately and pay up within 29days, or whatever it is.
Brilliant method Government/Parliament who makes these laws, well done. That is why we have more of Banks in NZ.
31/05/2012 11:31:09 a.m.
Parliament has been full of cronyism since 1980s Lange area, why are at all surprised about Banks donation even at a local body election. Lets remember sheeple we have a tyrannical parliament when it wants to be one.
20/05/2012 7:48:31 a.m.
We are only just waking up to big business winning our law makers over with their bribes? I think not. Come on kiwi's this has been going on since the collapse of Rome, it's reaching a crescendo though because there is so much more at stake now. It is about time this was all laid on the table. And I feel our tax funds will be more evenly distributed once we expose them all. Go Campbell live team, well done!
16/05/2012 6:23:09 p.m.
Yeap, keep on pestering kim.com people - then he will go and take his income with him... along with everyone else leaving our shores and it's 'poor me' mentality. Then you'll have something to cry about.
Let a minister get a chopper ride, and the PM for that matter. Do you want the guy running our country to not be at a pinnacle meeting because he's stuck on SH1?
7/05/2012 1:22:23 p.m.
Birds of a feather. Ive noticed they try to cover each others backs. This gov has no morals. Disgusting. Get out.
7/05/2012 12:43:37 p.m.
Wow - this is a great story! Can't believe this guy is in our government. I've got more integrity in my little left toe than this douche. And Key?? Leaving all other issues aside - the fact that he is keeping Banks onboard says more than enough about the kind of man he is. Disgraceful.
4/05/2012 8:21:15 p.m.
All parties should worry, I would be very surprised if Dotcom only funded one corrupt politician.
3/05/2012 11:54:55 a.m.
Maybe Mr. Banks and his wife remembered shanking hands with the Dotcom's family saying farewell goodnight, where Banks was granted $50,000 from Dotcom to upllift his campaign, Bank and his wife become very close hand in hand with the Dots at the welcoming party celebration..
It's nice to know that if any donation from The Billionaire DOTCOM should be plublished at all time knowing it was the Government fault for the imports of the criminals from over the seas and I think the crims in the Aotearoa New Zealand will declare war between the Government and themselves about the LAW..
Stay afloat Cambell Live..
2/05/2012 8:43:36 p.m.
Bernadette Hubbard wrote:
I was initially nonchalant about the truth behind the donations but thanks to your extensive investigation it is clear there is a government wide cover up. "Lying in unison" springs to mind. Is this the deceitful politics Labour (during the elections) warned us about?
2/05/2012 7:26:19 p.m.
Daniel Lewis wrote:
John Key is human not "GOD" he can't know everything that happens in New Zealand as for Banks so what
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