Blair's adviser at the time was Alastair Campbell.
He doesn't seem to have changed much in the intervening years. He obviously still believes that lobbing dosh into a party's coffers is a perfectly legitimate way of influencing policy.
It will make me feel unclean to be Tory donor but if David Cameron commits to Minimum Unit Pricing I will make 10k donation to Tory party
— Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) October 2, 2013
Err, isn't corrupt practice like this frowned upon by Labour? Shouldn't they be appalled at the very idea? And do you think this was the way Ecclestone approached Campbell and Blair all those years ago?