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In this election you see Healy turning to Super PACs because he cannot count on his traditional funders. Fulop-sponsored pay to play reforms prevent him from getting money from people who hope to be rewarded with no bid contracts. Since there's no Solomon Dwek out there (so far as we know), he has to turn to other sources.


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The P2P reform that Fulop tried to pass this winter would have also banned PACs and Super PACs from contributing. At the same time Healy was vetoing the ordinance, this PAC was being formed.


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So, this Super PAC is treated like an unincorporated association...


PACs and Super PACs are corporate entities, they just have different requirements than election funds.

The main practical reason for NOT using a PAC is that the campaign is not permitted to coordinate activities with it (wink, wink). If you can raise all the money you need, it's better to keep it in house so you can 100% control the message and the resources you're spending them on.

That's why your Super PAC is typically run by someone who knows what you would want done, and someone who follows your public statements.

The only real reason to use a PAC/Super PAC is to circumvent campaign finance limitations. Donors can give more to the PAC, and with fewer reporting requirements, even anonymity.

In this election you see Healy turning to Super PACs because he cannot count on his traditional funders. Fulop-sponsored pay to play reforms prevent him from getting money from people who hope to be rewarded with no bid contracts. Since there's no Solomon Dwek out there (so far as we know), he has to turn to other sources.

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So, this Super PAC is treated like an unincorporated association...


PACs and Super PACs are corporate entities, they just have different requirements than election funds.

The main practical reason for NOT using a PAC is that the campaign is not permitted to coordinate activities with it (wink, wink). If you can raise all the money you need, it's better to keep it in house so you can 100% control the message and the resources you're spending them on.

That's why your Super PAC is typically run by someone who knows what you would want done, and someone who follows your public statements.

The only real reason to use a PAC/Super PAC is to circumvent campaign finance limitations. Donors can give more to the PAC, and with fewer reporting requirements, even anonymity.

In this election you see Healy turning to Super PACs because he cannot count on his traditional funders. Fulop-sponsored pay to play reforms prevent him from getting money from people who hope to be rewarded with no bid contracts. Since there's no Solomon Dwek out there (so far as we know), he has to turn to other sources.

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For New Jersey Families is a Super PAC. By using this type of organization, the Healy campaign is able to try to circumvent pay to play and campaign finance laws.


So, this Super PAC is treated like an unincorporated association and doesn't need any kind of tax identiifcation number and doesn't have to register with the Department of Revenue?

Also, no registration with the Election Law Enforcement Commission either?

If Healy can circumvent all the applicable laws, why don't other campaigns use this type of PAC?

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For New Jersey Families is a Super PAC. By using this type of organization, the Healy campaign is able to try to circumvent pay to play and campaign finance laws.

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What is this non-profit entity, For New Jersey Families?

Looked in the State Department of Revenue website, where all entities, profit and non-profit must be registered with a tax identification number. There is no such entity listed in their database.

Looked at the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission(ELEC) website, no such entity listed on there either.

Tried to look at Healy's ELEC reports on the website, but all I get is a list of dates his campagin filed them and a "PNG" file that I can't open.

Searched the internet as well to see if this organization has a website and it doesn't seem to have a website, although the term "New Jersey Families" is kind of hard to search on the internet, because a lot of news stories that have nothing to do with this come up with the same phrase (gee, I can't imagine why that happens).

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Group ordered to hand over info related to fundrasier for Jersey City mayor

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
March 15, 2013 at 3:38 PM

A Hudson County judge yesterday ordered the release of information related to a controversial fundraiser for Mayor Jerramiah Healy that one of his opponents says led to ?illegal? contributions to the mayor?s re-election campaign.

City Councilman Steve Fulop claims the nonprofit, For New Jersey Families, and the Healy campaign colluded to raise ?illegal? campaign donations at a Feb. 27 fundraiser at the home of Pepe Garcia, brother of former Union City mayor Rudy Garcia. The event led Fulop?s mayoral campaign to file a complaint against both the nonprofit and Healy?s campaign.


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An invitation to the Feb. 27 fundraiser urged supporters to donate to either ?Team Healy 2013? or For New Jersey Families. The invite, which states it was paid for by the Healy campaign, stressed that donations to For New Jersey Families could be unlimited and do not violate pay-to-play laws.

Fulop pounced, noting that campaign laws prohibit outside groups like For New Jersey Families from working in tandem with political campaigns. Fulop seeks a list of donors to the fundraiser, hosted by the Garcia brothers and principals of a lobbying firm that counts some city vendors as clients.

The day after the fundraiser, the Healy campaign said that it had no knowledge of any solicitations to For New Jersey Families. Hours later, Henne said Healy would return any money from the fundraiser. The following day, Henne said the mayor never accepted any donations from the event.


http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ed_to_hand_over_info.html



This is confusing. So, they had a big fundraiser, but "never accepted any donations." Hmmm. That really doesn't make any sense. I guess this means that they didn't return any money (that they didn't accept). I guess they didn't accept and didn't return any money from Solomon Dwek either?







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Makes me wonder: how do judges get on the bench here in Hudson County ~ election or appointment?

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Group ordered to hand over info related to fundrasier for Jersey City mayor

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
March 15, 2013 at 3:38 PM

A Hudson County judge yesterday ordered the release of information related to a controversial fundraiser for Mayor Jerramiah Healy that one of his opponents says led to ?illegal? contributions to the mayor?s re-election campaign.

City Councilman Steve Fulop claims the nonprofit, For New Jersey Families, and the Healy campaign colluded to raise ?illegal? campaign donations at a Feb. 27 fundraiser at the home of Pepe Garcia, brother of former Union City mayor Rudy Garcia. The event led Fulop?s mayoral campaign to file a complaint against both the nonprofit and Healy?s campaign.

Judge Barry P. Sarkisian yesterday dismissed the complaint against Healy?s campaign, saying he had no jurisdiction over that matter. The complaint against For New Jersey Families stands, and the nonprofit must fork over ?limited? information regarding the fundraiser to Fulop?s campaign, Sarkisian ordered.

Joseph A. Garcia, representing Fulop, classified yesterday?s hearing as a win for the Downtown councilman, who is challenging Healy in the May 14 city election. Garcia said Fulop?s campaign is looking for the names of donors who attend the fundraiser, information on who organized the event and more.

?The goal here was to shine a light on what we think was illegal activity,? said Garcia, from Secaucus firm Chasan, Leyner and Lamparello.

That elicited a retort from Healy campaign spokesman Joshua Henne.

?Only Steve Fulop would see a dismissal of a nuisance lawsuit as a win," Henne said. "Just as Fulop called it a win when the judge said emails were missing showing Fulop putting Board of Ed members directly in touch with his campaign contributors.?

An invitation to the Feb. 27 fundraiser urged supporters to donate to either ?Team Healy 2013? or For New Jersey Families. The invite, which states it was paid for by the Healy campaign, stressed that donations to For New Jersey Families could be unlimited and do not violate pay-to-play laws.

Fulop pounced, noting that campaign laws prohibit outside groups like For New Jersey Families from working in tandem with political campaigns. Fulop seeks a list of donors to the fundraiser, hosted by the Garcia brothers and principals of a lobbying firm that counts some city vendors as clients.

The day after the fundraiser, the Healy campaign said that it had no knowledge of any solicitations to For New Jersey Families. Hours later, Henne said Healy would return any money from the fundraiser. The following day, Henne said the mayor never accepted any donations from the event.

The Healy campaign also noted, as did its attorney yesterday, that there is no group called ?Team Healy 2013.? Healy?s official slogans are ?Healy for Mayor 2013? and ?Healy Team Forward 2013.?

Rudy Garcia, meanwhile, issued a statement last month taking responsibility for the invite, saying his office created it, not the Healy campaign.

There is scant public information about For New Jersey Families. According to its IRS filing, Milltown man Rich Torraco formed the group on Jan. 30, 2013 ? just weeks before the Cedar Grove fundraiser, Fulop?s attorney noted yesterday.

Garcia, Fulop's attorney, said he is drawing up a list of information it seeks from For New Jersey Families. The two sides should be back in court next month, he said.

Gregg F. Paster, attorney for For New Jersey Families, said he has some "fundamental disagreement" with the court's decision, adding that he doesn't believe the court has jurisdiction here. But an appeal would be cumbersome and unproductive, Paster said.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ed_to_hand_over_info.html

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Healy campaign spokesman Joshua Henne said the Healy campaign would return all money it raised from the fundraiser. ?There is not even a hint of impropriety in anything we do,? Henne said. ?But, to make sure Steve Fulop does not use this smokescreen to distract voters from the real issues in this race...l


Not even a hint of impropriety. The outright over the top STINKING REEK of impropriety, yes, but not a hint.

This is no smokescreen. This IS one of the real issues in the campaign. With Healy, the city is for sale. He proved it four years ago. And he's proven he cannot stop. The man needs someone to stop it for him.

Jersey City voters, it's up to you. Please help Jerry begin the 12-step program he so desperately needs: Corruption Anonymous. There's a sponsor waiting for him in the U.S. Attorney's office.


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Jersey City mayor, under fire from opponent, vows to return fundraiser donations

By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
March 07, 2013 at 7:37 AM

The re-election campaign of Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy is under fire for inviting its supporters to make unlimited donations to an independent group that is barred by state election laws from coordinating with political campaigns.

Healy, who is running for a third full term in the May 14 city race, held a $1,000-a-person fundraiser in Cedar Grove last Wednesday hosted by former Union City Mayor Rudy Garcia and his brother, Pepe. The invitation urged donors to give to Team Healy 2013 or ?For New Jersey Families (independent expenditure account no limits no pay to play).?

The campaign of mayoral hopeful Ward E City Councilman Steve Fulop said the invite makes it ?crystal clear? that the Healy campaign is colluding with For New Jersey Families.

?We are truly astonished at the blatant violation of the public trust by the city?s top elected official,? Fulop campaign manager John Thieroff said. ?It?s a clear violation of the law.?

Outside groups, which can generally accept unlimited donations, are forbidden by state law from working with campaigns, which have contribution limits, according to Jeff Brindle, executive director of the state Election Law Enforcement Commission.

?There can?t be any consultation or coordination,? Brindle said.

Brindle added that outside groups can generally keep their donor list secret. Thieroff urged the Healy campaign to release the donor list from the fundraiser, noting that Rudy Garcia and another of the fundraiser?s hosts work for a lobbying firm that represents some Jersey City vendors.

Healy campaign spokesman Joshua Henne said the Healy campaign would return all money it raised from the fundraiser.

?There is not even a hint of impropriety in anything we do,? Henne said. ?But, to make sure Steve Fulop does not use this smokescreen to distract voters from the real issues in this race, Mayor Healy has already instructed his finance team to return any money raised? from the event.

Garcia took the blame for the invite, saying a ?clerical error? led to the mistaken inclusion of For New Jersey Families. Garcia said the invite was not approved by the Healy campaign.

Nonetheless, Fulop?s campaign is filing a complaint with the state Attorney General?s Office.

There isn?t much public information about For New Jersey Families. According to its IRS filing, Milltown resident Rich Torraco formed the group on Jan. 30, 2013 ?to disseminate communications regarding issues that are important to New Jersey families.?

Torraco didn?t respond to phone and email messages.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... r_fire_from_opponent.html

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I believe the flyer also said something about no pay to pay rules

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Funny feeling this isn't the end of the arrogance of Healy's campaign.

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Now for the editorial comment. Today the story is that it was a "clerical error" by the person organizing the fundraiser.

But that story doesn't quite add up.

First, the invitation had the "Paid for by Team Healy" legend on it. Do you really outsource that?

Second, it is completely unbelievable that Team Healy wouldn't know that the fundraiser was a joint production with the recently-formed PAC run by Rich Torraco, who just happens to work for the Senator who just happened to endorse Healy THIS WEEK.

And third, this PAC just happens to have the ability to receive unlimited donations from undisclosed donors. And purely coincidentally, the invitation just happened to highlight that donations to the PAC are an end run around the pay-to-play laws that Fulop championed and that Healy hates.

Here's a question for Mr. Healy and his spokesrobot Henne: just how much money did you have to return?

And another: how can we trust you to be honest when you're already caught cheating?

And another: when are you going to return the Solomon Dwek bribe money you also promised to return 3 years ago but never did?

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...and we're also shocked to find gambling going on in this establishment.

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This repeats some of yesterday's news, but has new info and another shrill screech from Healy spokesbird Joshua "We Don't Know Nothing" Henne.

Jersey City election 2013: Fulop asks for investigation of Healy fundraiser
By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal
on March 01, 2013 at 2:47 PM, updated March 01, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Jersey City mayoral hopeful Steve Fulop called on state law-enforcement and election officials today to investigate a fundraiser for rival candidate Mayor Jerramiah Healy that the Fulop campaign says violated campaign-finance laws....

?The public deserves to know who these secret donors are and what they expected in return for their unlimited donations,? Fulop campaign manager John Thieroff said. ?The public deserves to know whether Healy?s reelection effort is being secretly financed by interests that don?t have the best interests of Jersey City residents at heart.?

More in the full story...

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Every now and then, a selective quote taken completely out of context says just the right thing.

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Healy campaign spokesman: ?We have absolutely no knowledge... "

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?The Healy campaign always follows both the spirit and letter of the law. There is not even a hint of impropriety in anything we do,? says Josh Henne, a spokesman for the Healy campaign.


Not even a hint? What an astounding claim.



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Healy will return the money about the time hell freezes over. He's still sitting on Solomon Dwek cash.

By the time the Election Law Enforcement Commission gets the complaint, thinks about it, and eventually decides to not do anything about it, the new Mayor will have been long-sworn.

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In this thread, one thing is clear. Jerry is still Jerry.

He fought pay to play reform because he knew it would hurt his money. He raised $3m last election because he and his team (both the indicted and the unindicted) communicated loud and clear that his administration was for sale.

You can now see that's true because his money has dried up, and he advertises in his campaign literature how his big money donors can avoid the laws that prevent him from rewarding his contributors.

Without the ability to play crooked, you have to wonder if he's got any ability to function.

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I am reading this as i look at the Dan Levin Banner up top.
Come on Dan have you no Shame,is this the crowd you really want to be with.Your like a hostage with Stockholm syndrome.
Can you really stand on the stage with Healy while your signature work gets pissed on?
It must be a rough time in the Levin household.


Was wondering the same thing, FU. After the events of this week, one must ask: Is Dan still Dan?

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OK, the Healy campaign is clearly incompetent from the top of the ticket down to spokespoultry Henney Penney.

And they're also desperate for money so they'll cut any corners they think they can.

But what amazes me is that they would put in print, as a selling point, the fact that you can avoid Fulop's pay to play laws by writing your check to their "partner," so that when they steer city money your way it's all legal.

Corruption, BTW, is the term that used to be applied to what happens to a dead body as it rots and crumbles to pieces. This message paid for by Team Healy.

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Josh Henne, a spokesman for the Healy campaign said though the campaign "always follows both the letter and the spirit of the law... "


LOL.

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"Healy has already instructed his finance team to return any money raised last night."


I can just imagine how that conversation went. If you think he F-bombed the JC Independent reporter last week for asking a question, imagine what he was feeling about having to give back money.

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Torraca did not return a call or email for comment....
Bontempo, who is president and director of MBI Gluck Shaw did not return a call for comment. Diaz also did not return a call for comment.


Team Transparency strikes again.

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I am reading this as i look at the Dan Levin Banner up top.
Come on Dan have you no Shame,is this the crowd you really want to be with.Your like a hostage with Stockholm syndrome.
Can you really stand on the stage with Healy while your signature work gets pissed on?
It must be a rough time in the Levin household.

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If it was seperate then it would of been paid for by the pac not healy for mayor. The mayor blatantly violated the law.

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Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy, facing accusations that his campaign sought to circumvent campaign finance rules at a fundraiser Wednesday, is returning all of the money raised at the event.

Josh Henne, a spokesman for the Healy campaign said though the campaign "always follows both the letter and the spirit of the law... Healy has already instructed his finance team to return any money raised last night."

According to the invitation, fundraiser was hosted by MBI Gluck Shaw lobbyists Paul Bontempo and Rudy Garcia and Verizon Vice President of Government Affairs Uli Diaz. It was held at the Cedra Grove home of Jose "Pepi" Garcia, according to the invitation to the Feb. 27 event.

The invitation asked supporters for a $1,000 donation and gave the option to donate directly to the Healy campaign or to "For New Jersey Families," an independent expenditure committee. The invitation clearly outlined that donating to the committee meant "no limits - no pay to play."

Under campaign finance law, independent expenditure groups may not coordinate with a campaign, state Election Law Enforcement Commission Executive Director Jeff Brindle, who was speaking generally and not about the specific fundraiser.

The group was formed January 30 by Rich Torraca, a state Democratic operative. Torraca did not return a call or email for comment.

Early Thursday, Healy spokesman Josh Henne said the campaign had no knowledge of the invitation. Later, he issued a statement saying the money would be returned.

Healy is known to have attended the fundraiser and the invitation has the required "Paid for by Team Healy 2013" line.

Bontempo, who is president and director of MBI Gluck Shaw did not return a call for comment. Diaz also did not return a call for comment.



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** *****
You are Cordially Invited to a Reception
Hosted by
Paul Bontempo, Jose ?Pepi? Garcia, Rudy Garcia, Uli Diaz
Honoring
Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
At the Home of
Jose ?Pepi? Garcia
********* Court
Cedar Grove, NJ
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$1,000.00 per person
Make check payable to:
For New Jersey Families
(independent expenditure account ? no limits ? no pay to play)
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Team Healy 2013
Mayor Jerramiah Healy
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Re: Jersey City election 2013: Healy attacked for Cedar Grove fundraiser
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By Darryl R. Isherwood | February 28th, 2013 - 4:29pm

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Josh Henne, a spokesman for the Healy campaign said though the campaign "always follows both the letter and the spirit of the law... Healy has already instructed his finance team to return any money raised last night."
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By Darryl R. Isherwood | February 28th, 2013 - 4:29pm


Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy, facing accusations that his campaign sought to circumvent campaign finance rules at a fundraiser Wednesday, is returning all of the money raised at the event.

Josh Henne, a spokesman for the Healy campaign said though the campaign "always follows both the letter and the spirit of the law... Healy has already instructed his finance team to return any money raised last night."

According to the invitation, fundraiser was hosted by MBI Gluck Shaw lobbyists Paul Bontempo and Rudy Garcia and Verizon Vice President of Government Affairs Uli Diaz. It was held at the Cedra Grove home of Jose "Pepi" Garcia, according to the invitation to the Feb. 27 event.

The invitation asked supporters for a $1,000 donation and gave the option to donate directly to the Healy campaign or to "For New Jersey Families," an independent expenditure committee. The invitation clearly outlined that donating to the committee meant "no limits - no pay to play."

Under campaign finance law, independent expenditure groups may not coordinate with a campaign, state Election Law Enforcement Commission Executive Director Jeff Brindle, who was speaking generally and not about the specific fundraiser.

The group was formed January 30 by Rich Torraca, a state Democratic operative. Torraca did not return a call or email for comment.

Early Thursday, Healy spokesman Josh Henne said the campaign had no knowledge of the invitation. Later, he issued a statement saying the money would be returned.

Healy is known to have attended the fundraiser and the invitation has the required "Paid for by Team Healy 2013" line.

Bontempo, who is president and director of MBI Gluck Shaw did not return a call for comment. Diaz also did not return a call for comment.



Read more at http://www.politickernj.com/63619/hea ... -fundraiser#ixzz2MEbCzWEY

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