Labour claimed to know the law on donations, at our expense.
Labour got a £180,000 grant to train staff about donations law - Times Online
Labour was paid £180,000 from public funds to help party officials to understand new funding rules shortly before it began accepting secret donations from a property developer, The Times can reveal.
The party applied for and received a “start-up grant” from the Electoral Commission to meet the costs of abiding by the law on declaring donations that Labour had itself enacted. It was for training staff in the duties imposed by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 and was specifically for the party to prepare for its requirements on submitting accounts and declaring donations above £5,000.
Ouch, that makes the "Oh we thought they were legal" argument even flimsier, not that ignorance is any excuse.
Who actually received the training? It can't have been Peter Watt, or Jon Mendelson, or Jack Dromedary because they didn't know, did they.