At the last Council elections back in 2004, Newcastle came an embarrassing 7th and Lake Macquarie 5th in the amount of money spent on the election campaign. See the table of shame here.
Most of this expenditure was from donations from developers, corporations and other organisations.
Why would they donate to these election campaigns?
Access is power, and money gives individuals and companies access to politicians. This access means that those who donate may influence Council decisions with resulting benefits to the donors.
I've made the challenge to all the candidates in the Newcastle Council election and to publish the names of all donors to their election campaigns on the internet before the election is held. I've even made the offer that I would upload it here for them.
What's keeping them?