Campbell Live did a great exposé on Melissa Lee last night (embedded video below). Her company got a $1.2million NZ on Air grant which was used, inter alia, for an election special. The decision to grant was made after she became a National Party list candidate. She made a video using the company resources to appeal to Asian voters. It was not declared either as a donation to the National Party or one of their expenses. She was given an opportunity to clear her name last night but turned it down.
Campbell Live and NBR have reported that Ms Lee said National leader John Key knew about her involvement with the company and did not have a problem with it.
John Key claims to have high ethical standards – this is going to be a real test for him and Bill English will have the task of defending Key and Lee in the house during question time today.
UPDATE: I have just checked the timing for Mt Albert nominations. They don’t close until next week. The test for Key is whether he has the balls to tell Lee that she can’t stand.