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Clive Palmer's Political Donations Will Make Your Eyes Water

The mining magnate and his companies shelled out $28 million to the Palmer United Party in 2013-14.

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Mining magnate Clive Palmer has dropped a sizeable amount of cash to win three seats in Federal parliament, according to donation disclosure information released on Monday.

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The Australian Electoral Commission's information reveals Palmer and his mining and tourism companies spent more than $28 million in 2013-14.

The Palmer United Party was donated $28 million for 2013-14. There is something common about this list #auspol

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The Palmer United Party was donated $28 million for 2013-14. There is something common about this list #auspol

10:13 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

With the recent exit of Senator Jacqui Lambie it means each of the PUP's three seats is worth more than $9 million.

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$9 million!!!@!##%$@#!#!@W!@@!

It's probably no surprise big money is bankrolling Australian political parties. The ALP has some big donors including two big sums from China.

The ALP received two huge donations from a man in China’s Hebei province #auspol

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The ALP received two huge donations from a man in China’s Hebei province #auspol

10:55 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And of course multiple donations from Australia's biggest unions.

The union donations to ALP: Shoppies - $500,000 United Voice - $500,000 AMWU - $102,646 MUA - $100,000

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The union donations to ALP:

Shoppies - $500,000

United Voice - $500,000

AMWU - $102,646

MUA - $100,000

10:51 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Interestingly Village Roadshow pumped $200,000 into both Liberal and ALP coffers for the upcoming fight on copyright infringement.

One of the biggest Liberal Party donors is Village Roadshow ($200,000)… who currently wants a crackdown on copyright infringement #auspol

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One of the biggest Liberal Party donors is Village Roadshow ($200,000)… who currently wants a crackdown on copyright infringement #auspol

10:33 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And the Liberal Party got money from tobacco and mining companies.

Other Liberal Party donors: Tobacco company Philip Morris Ltd - $45,000 Mining company Santos Ltd - $27,500 #auspol

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Other Liberal Party donors:

Tobacco company Philip Morris Ltd - $45,000

Mining company Santos Ltd - $27,500 #auspol

10:31 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Interesting Liberal Party donors: Adani - $49,500 Chevron - $47,300 Coogee Chemicals - $50,000 Harold Mitchell - $100,000 #auspol

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Interesting Liberal Party donors:

Adani - $49,500

Chevron - $47,300

Coogee Chemicals - $50,000

Harold Mitchell - $100,000

#auspol

10:27 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Then there was the interesting BIG donation from the "Free Enterprise Foundation" which is a group currently being investigated by the corruption watchdog, ICAC.

The corruption watchdog ICAC currently looking at Free Enterprise Foundation… it donated $1,250,000 to the Liberal Party in 2013-14 #auspol

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The corruption watchdog ICAC currently looking at Free Enterprise Foundation… it donated $1,250,000 to the Liberal Party in 2013-14 #auspol

10:28 AM - 02 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite