The Business Of The Political Campaign And Its Financing

Submitted by Eli Davis

Peter Wickham recently sacked from the CBC TV8 has been at the forefront of calling for political campaign reform in Barbados

Every so often I get the urge to contribute (?) a comment to this forum that I believe merits attention. This time around it is that of The Business of the Political Campaign and its Financing. It is an issue that is basic in determining the relevance of our electoral process and, as a result of the moneyed interests involved, is the most difficult of topics to have discussed in public.

Few people would know that a study on this topic was commissioned by the OAS back in 2003 and resulted in a report that was published about three years later. My concern with the entire topic has to do with whether or not it is an appropriate topic for consideration in our current political environment that has demonstrated little in the furtherance of the long term viability of our peoples and nation states.

Basically, in my view anyway, a political party is simply an (legal?) entity that seeks to gain administrative control over the funds in the Treasury, and that’s it. How these are spent and on whom form the essence of the business of the party. The business requires that the populace be deceived into supporting the party campaign and once successful, that control over the funds be maintained for as long as possible.

Of course this necessitates that at the very least, the barest minimum be done by the incumbent to demonstrate that the concerns of the civilian population are being looked after. In fact today all that is really required is for there to be a “recognition” of the concerns, without the matching desire to make good on addressing them (through designing and implementing workable solutions). So the issue of how these (legal?) entities are funded will most certainly expose the nuts and bolts of the business of the political campaign.

Recently a popular public personality lost his pick at the CBC without an accompanying explanation. It is believed however that his involvement in a partial expose on the source of campaign financing in Barbados may have been one of the roots causes. If this is in fact the case, it is an action that needs to be highlighted as part of a deeper sinister whole, and an action that should heap shame on the present administration.

  • @ Straight Talk

    You are so diplomatic.

    I especially liked “Peter: your credibility and that of CADRES in the caribbean is fucked.”
    Dinners….thats all, he spilled his guts for food. Thats rather queer, there must be more.

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  • Seems the Nation is getting in on the act, there is newspapers to be sold:

    http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/leaked/

    Is it not strange how the US has been forced to apologize in the past as a result of cables leaked?

    Will Phillip Goddard make a public statement?

    Will other blogs currently making a stink about Peter make a similar stink about Goddard providing feedback to the US Embassy?

    Will he get a pass because he is White?

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  • Senator Phillip Goddard, a White Barbadian, is a spy. Now my attention will turn to John and Duppy Lizard, Rosemary Parkinson and Trick Bike, Zack and de hood and the rest ah de BFP crew (including Ian “Fat Arse” Bourne).

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  • Intelligent agent inform that Comrade Wickham will talk with Barbados Today newspaper today. Now maybe you find out weather comrade be spy no?

    … Intelligent agent not very happy with Comrade Goddard, he very major asset, maybe whole thing with comrade blow over no?

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  • @David

    You would have to know that the Peter Wickham’s leak was only the tip of the iceberg. I look forward to more revelations and some people are going to be very embarrassed. Can the leaks about money laundering and corruption be far off?

    Let the denials start now.

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  • Philip Goddard is more American than bajan. Of course he will get a pass on BFP.

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  • @Sarge

    Indeed, it is why BU has been cautious on the Wickham saga. Let us wait to connect the dots and see the big picture which emerges.

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  • I will listen to and probably engage anyone who sees governance in Barbados for what it is-weak, inadequate, and in need of reform. Peter Wickham has a long history of seeing and speaking about this weakness, Mia Mottley more recently has done the same; although the circumstances under which she had undergone this transformation is suspicious, yet none other in parliament seems to understand that the Barbados economy cannot be reform and put on a growth path without reforms to governance.

    In addition, Barbadians that the Americans and members of the minority White Bajans tribe seemingly want to destroy I am more likely to support. Mia Mottley equip herself well in her meeting with Ambassador Ourisman yet the Ambassador –in typical North American fashion- attempted to diminish Miss Mottley by relying on the opinions of former US Army warrant officer Phillip Goddard to tear her down.

    Ambassador Ourisman as well as Mary Kramer has sought to diminish Mia Mottley in their cable submissions. What is it that they really fear about her? In Ourisman meeting with Mottley the concern of the Americans centered on access and issues American Business were experiencing in the Barbados market, noting that Mottley was not committing to any approach to address the US concerns since her ministry had no jurisdiction.

    Mary Kramer seem not to like Government intervention in commerce –I don’t either- and this led to her negative comments on Mia for her speech she gave to the BIDC which Kramer titled MOTTLEYNOMICS – THE RETURN OF THE STATE? Undermining Mia seems not to be contained to the Arthur faction of the BLP, it seems like there is assistance if only in commentary, from the US. But doesn’t Mia BIDC speech not seems and sounds similar to Obamanomics? And what pray tell, is his reception in the US? Arthur once accused Thompson of benefiting from US help in an election, could he be attempting the same against Mottley?

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  • Peter seemed to have been a jolly good friend to these Yanks. I can’t believe how many cables contain information purportedly supplied by Mr. Wickham.

    It is interesting to see how frank the cable are in describing the attitudes of Barbadians politicians. In one the Ambassador says ” the only thing that matches her ignorance is her arrogance”.

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  • Yes yes my Intelligent agent also confirm Comrade Wickham speak with Barbados Today. My Intelligent never use Political Analyst as spy, bu use Political Analyst as Political Analyst no?

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  • @ Adrian Hinds

    Both Kramer and Ourisman were Republican Ambassadors wtf do you expect but pro-market and homophoic/anti-gay rhetoric?

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  • Mary Kramer was clearly being petty and emotional -typical of North American politico’s towards opposing opinions and ideiologies. I saw her pettiness as an attacked against government capitalist intervention more so than against Mia Mottley. She would have probably said the same about others with similar views.

    The facts are that in cable after cable where Mottley’s opinoins are mentioned Mottley demonstrates an incredible breath of knowledge and understanding of the issues. Mary Kramer can be dismiss as demonstrating typical feminine bias towards someone that she feels is more intelligent than she is.

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  • CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Mary Kramer has opinions about everything, and she is happy to share them with anyone who asks.

    But when Kramer is discussing politics or moral perspectives there is one thing she won’t include in the conversation — personal attacks against those with opposing viewpoints.

    http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/article_10b9d52e-b6b7-5201-8016-b0d7eb6635c6.html

    New Members Of Mitt Romney’s Iowa Leadership Team:

    Former Ambassador to Barbados and Eastern Caribbean and Former Iowa Senate President, Mary Kramer, Clive
    Former State Representative and Former Chief of Staff to Governor Terry Branstad, Bob Rafferty, West Des Moines
    ……..

    “We used to be able to debate issues without demonizing,” Kramer said. “We used data, wit and wisdom to make our point. Now we begin the discussion with attacks.”

    Kramer, a former president of the Iowa Senate and former U.S. ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, was on the University of Northern Iowa campus Tuesday to discuss the polarization of American politics. She said the slide to “rude, hateful dialogue” has been fast and steep since she ran for office in the ’90s.

    Read More: http://wcfcourier.com/news/local/article_10b9d52e-b6b7-5201-8016-b0d7eb6635c6.html#ixzz1XBkOquUQ

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  • I will advise Peter Wickham to press on with his work. He is one of the finest young citizens we have. There are always stumbling blocks and we should not be so critical of him simply because of this issue. Now they are leaking that Phillip Goddard a fomer candidate of the B.L.P and a consultant to former Prime Minister , Mr.Owen Arthur, has been a reliable contact for the US embassy.
    We need to grow up a bit, it’s a new day and information of this nature will now become the norm. I find no evidence that Wickham, in any way has tried to destabilise our country.
    Businesses and business persons have financed both parties from the very earliest days when the merchants used to send their trucks with corned beef , buscuits and rum to certain areas to buy votes.

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  • @ David
    It is time we de-stress on this Wikileaks Cablegate. Unfortunately for Mr. Wickham, his credibility is in tatters. Going to the press for further clarification on what was said isn’t going to help the situation. Governments and Opposition Parties throughout Europe are silent on the revelations. The GOP and the Democratic Party in US are silent. However the founder of the Tea Party would like Assange to be executed.

    Newspaper Quote -…… A prominent Tea Party group issued a statement Tuesday apparently calling for the execution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for the recent release of confidential U.S. documents.

    Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, claims that WikiLeaks has done incalculable damage to American security by releasing the documents, noting that some of the leaked documents identify people in Iraq and Afghanistan that have helped the U.S.”If none of these people have been killed yet, it is only a matter of time,” Phillips wrote. “And now, it is time to tell Assange that we expect him to die.”
    End Quote

    The most hilarious response to the leaks so far, is from is from the Chief Minister of India’s Uttar Pradesh State. She said that the founder of the Wikileaks should be in a mental asylum. Read the entire comment at
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14800646. It is so so funny. lol

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  • @BAFBFP

    Do you know who owns Barbados Today?

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  • Dear Eli Davis you wrote “an action that should heap shame on the present administration.”

    But politicians and the present administration in particular have no shame.Didn’t the Prime Minister tell us that Leroy Parris is his friend (with the implication that he will not throw Leroy Leroy to the wolves (sorry I mean policy holders) even if Leroy deserves such a fate?

    There is no difference between the PM’s “he is my friend” statement and the statements of those parents who stand in the courtyard and say of their sons “he is my son, and he is a god boy”

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  • David

    you would not want to know the BIG money people behind Roy … believe me …! But my friend’s intelligent agent might know a lot of people, after all he claims to work in the intelligent office …!

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  • Random Thoughts

    You is the first person to talk ’bout the article. I feel that you is the onliest person to read it too (other than me …)

    Look the kind of information that all this SPYING provides

    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/26507.htm

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  • @BAFBFP

    Why should it be a secret?

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  • And for those of you that seem to be touting the USA as some paragon of virtue with respect to campaaign finance laws and policing, here is an interesting read:

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/09/exclusive-audio-koch-brothers-seminar-tapes

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  • David

    My friend’s intelligent agent is my contact too … I can’ betray his confidence man. Maybe if you mek Sarge apologize to me instead I might be able to do swing something 🙂

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  • According to BU intelligence Bizzy and Peter are the people behind the online paper.

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  • BAF ain’ saying nuttin’ …

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  • Peter who David?

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  • Now I hope that this is sufficient to clear Peter’s name of all this tripe …

    Please, can we not focus on the issue of Campaign Funding in Barbados? Or if you must, focus on Phillip Goddard, ex-comrade in arms, as a potential spy for the Government of the United States of America.

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  • BAFBFP

    Wuh Sarge do you?

    David I also heard that Bizzy was one of the principals behind Barbados Today.

    Gotta check with my source again.

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  • Anyone see the Nation Newspaper today and the less count non-sense for Johan Bjerkham?

    Dat boy gine get a lighter sentance than a fella who scale a fence and pick a few limes from a tree. SHAMEFUL.

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  • Come on Bike

    Johan Bjerkham ain’ nah friend ah mine, but I find it hard to convict or even drag before the public, a man who has to come terms with the fact that he has caused the lost of life of his own son … shite man that is punishment enough, you don’t think?

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  • Do we have an involuntary manslaughter charge in Barbados?

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  • @ BAFBFP | September 6, 2011 at 10:03 PM |
    “Please, can we not focus on the issue of Campaign Funding in Barbados?”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    This is one of the parts of the issue that holds my attention. There is no doubt in my mind that somebody wishes to bury the facts related to the strongly suspected large amounts of money given as campaign funds to the DLP.

    When Sinckler says, “We continue to work assiduously without a lot of noise and fanfare to bring a structured solution to this matter,”
    I would better describe that style as “Silence.” it suits their purposes to work that way. They were even more silent as the policy holders’ money was being quietly poured into the coffers of the DLP.

    Truthman Burton | September 6, 2011 at 8:28 PM |
    @David
    ” The government has been mouthing the right utterances, but time will tell.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    “MOUTHING” is right David. I Just watched a performance by Minister of Finance, CHRIS UN-CLEAR on DLP CBC TV, that is worthy of an Oscar plus a star on the Side Walk of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street.in Beverley Hills. I would even go a little further and award UN-CLEAR a wax likeness in the.The Hollywood Wax Museum ….. that performance tonight deserves it all!

    Employing a large variety of facial expressions starting with a FAKE SMILE, used to feign an air of nonchalance regarding the serious matter of CLICO, Unclear, as smooth as BILLIE DEE WILLIAMS, converted his demeanour from FAKE SMILE to numerous other looks that said variously : SCOWL, SMIRK, CUT EYE, SERIOUS-AS-A-JUDGE, ANGRY, POUT MOUT, GIRLISH SIDEGLANCE, INTELLECTUAL BRILLIANCE and STUPIDLY BLANK.

    All of this to convey the impression to DLP CBC TV viewers, that some substantial arrangement is being organised to satisfy the demands of June Fowler and her BIPA colleagues. NOTHING SUBSTANTIAL AT ALL ……. JUST MEANINGLESS MOUTHINGS.

    Mr. Minister, we have grown tired of this “all form and no substance” stuff from you. But we need a forensic audit into all the dealings of CLICO. Specifically, we need to know about what the Judicial Managers described as (1) missing assets worth $350 MILLIONS, (2) the amount of money transferred from CLICO to THE COFFERS OF THE DLP over the years, (3) the authenticity or fakeness of that $10 MILLION BONUS ARRANGEMENT for the “Man at the Hellum”

    We need your assurance that the Policy Holders, the BARP Pensioners and other already suffering taxpayers will not be asked to bear the burdens of incompetence and greed, while the perpetrators, the plunderers relax in luxury.

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