Listen: Jami-Lee Ross releases audio discussing $100,000 donation

Breaking 17/10/2018

Rogue MP Jami-Lee Ross has publicly released the call he shared with Simon Bridges, where he tells the National leader they received a $100,000 donation.

He says the six-minute recording took place on June 4. In the recording, the former National MP is heard asking Mr Bridges what to do with a $100,000 donation.

On Wednesday, Mr Ross had a two-hour conversation with the police to share evidence over alleged electoral fraud by the National leader.

In the conversation, Mr Ross says there is "no catch" for the $100,000 donation but they did discuss having Chinese candidates.

The National leader replied "two candidates", and then says "two Chinese would be nice." Mr Ross responds that that two Chinese candidates would be better than two Indians.

The recording later revealed that Mr Bridges really thinks of some of his list MPs, calling MP Maureen Pugh “f***ing useless”.

"I reckon there's two or three of our MPs - not picking on obviously ones like Finlayson or Carter, who actually just want to go. Maureen Pugh is f---- useless," said Mr Bridges. 

I have not touched any money.

Mr Ross spoke to the press after visiting the police, and told the media that he was not the one to allegedly split up the $100,000 donation.

"I have not touched any money. I do not have access to the bank account it went into. I do not have the ability to split that donation up," Mr Ross told the media.

He says he was asked by Mr Bridges to get in touch with the donor and provide the bank account number for the funds to go into. When the donation came in split up, he says he was given names and addresses of people who should be declared for those party donations.

He says the donation was split into seven lots of $14,000, plus another $2000.

Mr Ross named Chinese businessman Zhang Yikun as the alleged donor of $100,000 to Simon Bridges' campaign.

On Tuesday, Mr Bridges told RadioLIVE the allegations were “baseless” and there was "zero chance of having done anything illegal."

Wellington Police have confirmed they received Mr Ross' complaint about the disclosure of political donations under the Electoral Act on Wednesday.

"The information supplied will be assessed by a Detective Senior Sergeant at Police National Headquarters to determine what further steps may be required from a police perspective," Police said in a statement.

"While we will not put a timeframe on how long this will take, we can say that this will be progressed as quickly as the information presented to us allows."

Listen to the full call above.