In my view, it’s not a question of – a donation. The question is, why?
Why does a dollar or a hundred thousand dollars, traverse to the coffers of a political party?
Is it for, “democracy to flourish”?
Is it for support of a “party’s principles”?
These motivations I suggest, are, “acceptable”.
Or, is it in expectation of influencing a particular policy or MP?
These motivations I suggest, introduce the potential for ulterior objectives.
The problem is however (in my view), defining the latter category. For example, does an annual free dinner or a round table closed session, promoted by an industry group or a corporation, where mix and mingle with MPs is designed to win their support for changes to legislation or worse, regulations, constitute, “attempt to influence” and therefore a bribe?
Ross Meurant; a former high-ranking police officer, former Member of Parliament, formerly with commercial interests in Syria and Iran and currently Honorary Consul for an African state.