PACs are financing municipal elections

In 2007 changes were made to the New Jersey election laws to curb unbridled campaign contributions.

Contributions to campaign committees from individuals have dropped. As well-meaning as these changes were, you can always count on the Democrats to find a way around the laws.

In this case, three political action committees (PACs) were formed. These three committees are New Expectations, Metuchen; Women for Good Government, New Brunswick; and the Committee for Civic Responsibility, Princeton. These organizations have collected approximately $450,000 from many Democratic donors including Middlesex County Clerk Elaine Flynn and her husband, William; Monroe engineer Ernest Feist; Federal Risk Management, Towson, Md.; Shain, Schaffer and Rafanello, Attorneys at-Law; and T&M Associates, Red Bank. Many others also contributed.

In Monroe the Democratic campaign committee for Hank Miller, Gerald Tamburro and Pete Dalina has received two contributions totaling $23,500 from Women for Good Government and $17,500 from the Monroe Democratic Organization. The Monroe Democratic Organization has received contributions of $21,600 and $7,200 from the Committee for Civic Responsibility, $7,200 from Women for Good Government, and $7,200 from New Expectations.

The Democratic PACs are financing the municipal elections and making a joke out of any payto play ethics ordinances that have passed. It has allowed them to add another layer of contributions that are easily hidden from view.
Thomas Nothstein