|John Banks, Mayor of Auckland City, New Zealand. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the reopening of Grafton Bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
ACT MP John Banks is being accused of not following the rules in his 2010 bid to win the Auckland Super City mayoralty
5 April 2012 ACT MP John Banks is being accused of not following the rules in his 2010 bid to win the Auckland Super City mayoralty.
Labour MP Grant Robertson used the protection of Parliamentary privilege to accuse Mr Banks of not declaring a $15,000 donation he received from SkyCity Casino towards his mayoral campaign.
He says SkyCity has said it gave $15,000 to both main candidates in the 2010 election and has a policy of asking candidates to declare such donations.
Mr Robertson says Mr Banks did not declare receiving such an amount in his election returns.
If Mr Banks was prosecuted and found guilty of this illegal act could it affect his present position as an Act NZ MP? He along with Peter Dunne helps the National government to maintain a majority.