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Super PAC linked to Fulop raised zero dollars at end of 2016

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
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JERSEY CITY -- Coalition for Progress, the federal super PAC linked to Mayor Steve Fulop's now-abandoned gubernatorial run, says it raised zero dollars in its final campaign finance report of 2016.

The only money the super PAC made in the final month of last year was interest from TD Bank in the amount of $1,058.99. The PAC is sitting on $3.2 million, a smidgen more than its war chest at the end of 2015.

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Fundraising slows for super PAC linked to Fulop

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
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JERSEY CITY -- Fundraising has slowed dramatically for Coalition for Progress, the super PAC linked to Mayor Steve Fulop's now-abandoned gubernatorial run.

Meanwhile, the city's pay-to-play laws, which Fulop was instrumental in implementing when he was a councilman, may keep the the PAC from using its $3.2 million war chest to aid the mayor in his re-election bid next year. The bulk of its cash haul has come from individuals and businesses who work in Jersey City or with city government, some of which are barred from working for the city and donating to local political campaigns.

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Pro-Fulop super PAC may have trouble using its $3M

POLITICO - By 12/27/16 01:01 PM EST

When a super PAC called Coalition for Progress burst onto the scene in early 2016 with a $3.2 million fundraising haul, it was widely seen as a way to boost Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s anticipated run for governor in 2017.

Now, with Fulop out of the running for governor, the super PAC’s activity is at a near standstill. And it may encounter trouble if it tries to spend the millions it’s sitting on to help Fulop win reelection as mayor.

Bill Matsikoudis, a former Jersey City corporation counsel who is running against Fulop for mayor in 2017, said he’s heard many donors to the PAC are asking for their money back.

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Would really love to learn the real story about why Fulop didn't run for governor. Must be quite a story.

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Pro-Fulop super PAC may have trouble using its $3M

POLITICO - By 12/27/16 01:01 PM EST

When a super PAC called Coalition for Progress burst onto the scene in early 2016 with a $3.2 million fundraising haul, it was widely seen as a way to boost Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s anticipated run for governor in 2017.

Now, with Fulop out of the running for governor, the super PAC’s activity is at a near standstill. And it may encounter trouble if it tries to spend the millions it’s sitting on to help Fulop win reelection as mayor.

Bill Matsikoudis, a former Jersey City corporation counsel who is running against Fulop for mayor in 2017, said he’s heard many donors to the PAC are asking for their money back.

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Fulop-linked super PAC raised $360k in 2016, has some Jersey City ties

Coalition for Progress, a super PAC linked to the expected gubernatorial run of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, has raised about $360,000 through March 30th of this year, with a select few donors having ties to Jersey City.

In the super PAC’s first Federal Election Commission filing for 2016, made on April 15th – which covers the dates January 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016 – the entity reports raising a total of $359,600.

A handful of Coalition for Progress donors this time around have ties to local government agencies in Jersey City.

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UPDATED: Entity that donated $400k to Fulop-linked Super PAC has ties to Gottheimer

Progressive New Jersey Inc., an entity that donated $400,000 to the Coalition for Progress super PAC – which is linked to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s expected gubernatorial run – has ties to District 5 Democratic congressional

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well Jersey City and our mayor are in the news yet again and for the wrong reasons (yet again.)


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How ‘ghost corporations’ are funding the 2016 election

By Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy March 18 at 7:49 PM Follow @mateagold Follow @anu_narayan

Two days before Christmas, a trust called DE First Holdings was quietly formed in Delaware, where corporations are required to reveal little about their workings. A day later, the entity dropped $1 million into a super PAC with ties to Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Steven Fulop, a Democrat considering a gubernatorial bid.

The trust, whose owner remains unknown, is part of a growing cadre of mystery outfits financing big-money super PACs. Many were formed just days or weeks before making six- or ­seven-figure contributions — an arrangement that election law experts say violates a long-
standing federal ban on straw donors.

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Good government group in Jersey City, denounces mayor’s “dark money”

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JERSEY CITY – Civic JC, an organization that promotes good government in Jersey City, denounced “dark money” accepted by super PAC, Coalition for Progress, and is investigating whether there have been any violations of state and local anti pay-to-play laws and citizens who signed a petition are demanding full disclosure.

Coalition for Progress’ Federal Election Commission filing on January 29 showed that it received $3.2 million since the PAC’s inception in August 2015.

As reported in Politico: “nearly half of the $3.2 million raised by the super PAC, Coalition for Progress, cannot be traced to its original source. On Dec. 23, a trust called DE First Holdings was established in Wilmington, Delaware, according to the Delaware Division of Corporations. On Dec. 24, it gave $1 million to Coalition for Progress, according to the PAC’s filing with the Federal Election Commission. Public filings give no indication of who is behind the trust.”

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Fulop critics: Spirit of pay-to-play law violated by 2 MUA contracts

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop solidified his position as a reformer in part because of his tough stance on banning “pay to play.”

But now that Fulop is mayor, some of his critics say he isn’t living up to his own standards, pointing to two firms that have partners who donated to Fulop’s campaign and now have six-figure contracts with the city Municipal Utilities Authority, which operates the city’s water and sewer systems.

Fulop’s office counters that the donations in question fall outside the scope of the city’s “pay-to-play” ban, with city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill noting that the bulk of the contributions were given more than a year before the contracts were awarded.

The MUA, Morrill added, isn’t obligated to adhere to the ban, which applies to the city and not its autonomous agencies.

“Jersey City has the strictest pay-to-play laws in the state and nowhere does this come close to violating it,” Morrill said in an email.

Fulop’s critics, a group that includes longtime supporters such as Aaron Morrill, who heads good-government group Civic JC and is no relation to the mayor’s spokeswoman, concede that the donations don’t rise to the threshold of contributions prohibited by the 2008 measure but say that doesn’t make them any less objectionable.

“The fact that they don’t technically violate the law, however, does not mean that they don’t violate its spirit,” Aaron Morrill said.


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More trouble for super PAC aligned with Fulop

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
February 25, 2016 at 12:41 PM

JERSEY CITY — A second campaign finance watchdog group has asked federal officials to investigate the $1 million donation to a super PAC that sources say is aligned with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

Campaign Legal Center, based in Washington, D.C., has asked the Federal Election Commission to find out whether the donation, from a Delaware company to Coalition for Progress, was made to evade campaign finance laws that ban an individual from making a donation in someone else's name.

"Americans need to be aware of the sources of political money so they can understand if and how public officials could be influenced," Paul S. Ryan, deputy executive director of the Campaign Legal Center, said in a statement. "We call on the FEC to enforce the law and ensure our elections are transparent and fair by investigating and sanctioning companies and individuals who mask campaign donations."

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are the chickens coming home to roost?


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Second federal complaint against anonymous $1M donor to pro-Fulop super PAC
By Matt Friedman 11:31 a.m. | Feb. 24, 2016

A second complaint has been filed with a federal agency against an anonymous $1 million donor to a super PAC expected to back Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s likely 2017 bid for governor.

The Washington-based campaign finance watchdog groups Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed the complaint with the Federal Election Commission today.

“Americans need to be aware of the sources of political money so they can understand if and how public officials could be influenced,” said Paul S. Ryan, deputy executive director of the Campaign Legal Center. “We call on the FEC to enforce the law and ensure our elections are transparent and fair by investigating and sanctioning companies and individuals who mask campaign donations.”

On December 23, a company called DE First Holdings formed as a trust in Delaware. On December 24, it donated $1 million to Coalition for Progress, which has numerous ties to close Fulop allies.

Another group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed a similar complaint against DE First Holdings on Friday.

DE First Holdings registered through a third party company that will not reveal its founders identities. Bari Mattes, Coalition for Progress’s president, has not responded to several requests to identify the donor.

The complaint is based on a February 1 article by POLITICO New Jersey. It charges that the person(s) behind the company violated the Federal Election Campaign Act by “making a contribution to the political committee Coalition for Progress in the name of another person, namely DE First Holdings, and that DE First Holdings may have violated [the law] by knowingly permitting its name to be used for the making of such contribution.”

The complaint also says DE First Holdings may have violated the law by failing to register as a political committee.

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one can learn from history and seeing things in a different light -


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Vote on Fulop’s Pay to Play Law is Postponed After Override Resolution is Left Off Council Agenda
January 24, 2013 Matt Hunger

An effort to override Mayor Jerramiah Healy’s veto of a law expanding pay-to-play regulations was not voted on as expected Wednesday after the resolution was somehow left off the agenda.

Although absent from the meeting, Corporation Counsel Bill Matsikoudis called in by phone to confirm the law department had drawn up the resolution to override the veto, as per instructions from Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop. However, at some point between the agenda meeting and the agenda being printed, it appears the resolution was somehow left behind.

“It’s suspicious that in my seven years [on the council], this is the piece of legislation that didn’t make it to the agenda” because of a mistake, said a visibly angry Fulop. Fulop is also running for mayor; the election is in May.

City Clerk Robert Byrne joined Matiskoudis in acknowledging Fulop’s claim that the resolution was submitted in time to be included on the agenda, but neither one could explain what had happened. The mistake was also missed by Fulop at Tuesday night’s caucus meeting — no one, including him, noticed its absence from the agenda.

Rather than fight for a modified version of the resolution to be included as a last-minute addition to the meeting, Fulop agreed to bring back the ordinance at the council’s next meeting in three weeks. That version of the resolution will be revised to also include an override vote on the other vetoed effort to expand restrictions on pay to play, or P2P. This second ordinance was aimed at limiting contributions made by redevelopers doing business in the city.

Both ordinances were sponsored by Fulop and together would expand the city’s P2P restrictions to cover contributions made to the Board of Education, state senate and assembly candidates, and political action committees.

Fulop, repeating that the resolution’s absence was “suspicious,” said it was more than coincidental that the “same people who are opposed to hearing the veto override are [the council members] who voted against the law in the first place.” He noted they typically have a hand in drawing up the agenda, a possible dig at Council President Peter Brennan’s responsibilities as the head of the council. At the least Brennan interpreted the comment as such, saying that he took offense at the suggestion that because he voted against the measure he would sabotage the veto override vote.

“I wasn’t at the agenda meeting and it wasn’t discussed at the caucus meeting,” Brennan added.

In explaining his veto of the ordinances, Healy said there was too much uncertainty surrounding the enforcement of the law.

“We should not legislate by trial and error,” the mayor wrote in a letter to the council.

Those legal concerns have come from the city’s own legal department as well as the Citizens Campaign, which had proposed its own version of P2P expansion for the city. Indeed, the same night the Council passed Fulop’s legislation, it tabled the second version of the expansion. Fulop had criticized the Citizens Campaign’s legislation as lacking teeth due to the language surrounding how it could be enforced.

Regardless of his interpretation, the effective date of that ordinance was set for July 1, 2013, which is after the mayoral election, making the tougher-enforcement argument moot.

The mayor’s veto didn’t stop the people running his campaign from calling Fulop a “hypocrite” for accepting money from groups that were found to have skirted P2P laws in different municipalities as well as from another campaign, contributions that are similar to those his P2P expansion could have potentially covered.

Josh Henne, a spokesman for the Healy campaign, noted that Fulop accepted $10,000 from the Election Fund of South Jersey Assemblyman Troy Singleton and $38,000 from engineering firm such as CME Associates, among other big money contributions from out-of-town companies that the Star Ledger found to have wheeled money into other campaigns.

However, Henne stopped short of actually accusing Fulop of wrongdoing, just hypocrisy.

For Fulop campaign spokesman Bruno Tedeschi, the attack was just a means of “confusing” voters.

“This is just another desperate attempt by Healy to confuse voters by trying to make them think everyone running for public office is as corrupt as he is,” he said, noting Fulop expanded P2P while the mayor vetoed those efforts over uncertain legal questions.

Tedeschi says that while Fulop has accepted that money, there is what he says is an important distinction: “None of Steven Fulop’s donors do business with the city.”

To further diminish the risk of P2P, Tedeschi says that a Fulop mayoralty “will require public bidding for anyone seeking to do business with the city.” If he follows through on this campaign promise, it would effectively eliminate the risk that Fulop returns the favors to these firms after being elected.

If Healy’s name has been caught up with that of FBI informant Solomon Dwek, then Fulop’s name has been associated with that of Fairview Insurance. The insurance firm received a contract through the Board of Education despite not being the lowest cost or highest performing bidding insurance company, a controversial decision made worse by the fact that an executive at the firm donated to the campaigns of both Fulop and allies of the mayor.

To prepare for the veto override, Fulop sent out an email urging his supporters to call both Brennan and At-Large Councilwoman Viola Richardson, the two no-voting council members who are running for reelection in May, to try to change their minds.

In the email he said, urged voters to “please let them know there is no reason for them to oppose stricter ethics laws in Jersey City. Ask them to support the veto override at the next council meeting.”

Apparently his supporters took his suggestion, because Richardson’s aide, Lorenzo Richardson, said he was still fielding calls well into the night. The problem, he said, was that many of the callers “didn’t have the facts straight.”

According to Lorenzo, Fulop was “unleashing people blindly on an issue.”

“For a lack of a better word, that’s dangerous, irresponsible, and unnecessary,” he said, saying the email amounted to an “attack” on the councilwoman.

It was a tactic Lorenzo said could have been turned on Fulop for any number of his controversial decisions, such as meeting in secret with New Jersey Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf in May of 2011 to discuss issues related to replacing then-superintendent Charles Epps.

“What if a person received phone calls on that?” he asked.


http://www.jerseycityindependent.com/ ... -left-off-council-agenda/

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Marco Rubio & Steve Fulop targeted by anti-corruption group

NJTODAY.NET  by  • February 20, 2016

A Republican presidential contender and a big city New Jersey mayor are potential beneficiaries of a similar federal crime, according to a good government watchdog group that has filed complaints against several alleged perpetrators.

In an effort to fight a new, illegal tactic used by super PACs and wealthy donors to circumvent campaign finance law, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against the Marco Rubio-backing Conservative Solutions PAC, the Steven Fulop-backing Coalition for Progress, as well as a pair of sham companies used to launder donations to the super PACs.

The complaints also targeted the disguised donors who illegally attempted to hide their identities.

CREW also filed a complaint against DE First Holdings, which gave a $1 million contribution to the super PAC Coalition for Progress, a New Jersey-based group reported to be supporting Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.

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Well - Fulop is getting his wish: loads of press. Being lumped in with Rubio couldn't be more apt. Every time I watch the debates I'm struck by his (Rubio's) empty rhetoric, not-really-connecting-with-people manner, and how insanely over-ambitious he is without much of a record to stand on. Reminds me of Fulop.

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while everyone is cashing in or checking out at least someone is paying attention (not sure why yet)

Rubio - and Fulop - Backing Super PACs Broke Law

In an effort to fight a new, illegal tactic used by super PACs and wealthy donors to circumvent campaign finance law, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) today filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against the Marco Rubio-backing Conservative Solutions PAC, the Steven Fulop-backing Coalition for Progress, as well as a pair of sham companies used to launder donations to the super PACs. The complaints also targeted the donors who attempted to hide their identities.

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Not good news for Fulop when a non-partisan group in DC is demanding answers-it's not Healey supporters, or people with an alleged ax to grind going after him now.

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Watchdog group asks feds to probe super PAC tied to Fulop

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal

A nonpartisan legal watchdog organization has asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate the super PAC that sources say is aligned with Mayor Steve Fulop, saying the PAC accepted a donation from a "sham" company that was formed to "launder donations."

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington alleges the $1 million donation to Coalition for Progress that came from a Delaware company that incorporated the day before its donation is an attempt to circumvent federal campaign finance laws that forbid contributions made in the name of another person.

The complaint was filed against the PAC and the Delaware company, about which little is known.


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a few years ago there were two competing proposed ordinances to expand Pay to Play Reform, one was tabled due to efforts by our current mayor, the second was proposed by our mayor and was vetoed by his predecessor.

despite now being mayor, and backed by a council majority, he has not brought the expanded pay to play reform ordinances back for vote.

ironically, the version proposed by our current mayor dealt with Super PACS, go figure .....


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Two Competing Pay-To-Play Expansions Underscore Challenge of Regulating Campaign Contributions
October 17, 2012 Matt Hunger

The Jersey City Council will soon be considering two different expansions to the city’s pay-to-play law, but already the competing proposals have come under scrutiny from a good-government group that says the scope of expansion may be over-broad.

The city’s current pay-to-play law, based on a public-backed initiative, has been argued and re-thought by council members past and present over the past five years. The two latest proposals — one submitted by Mayor Healy and his office and the second by Ward E Councilman and mayoral candidate Steve Fulop — have already found the rivals accusing each other of “playing politics” over who holds the stronger claim to wanting good governance.

While both amendments would cover contributions made to Board of Education candidates, the question remains over whether the law should also include candidates for state office and Super PACs. Fulop says the latter is necessary to prevent money from being funneled from a state campaign to a local campaign, and the debate has split over political lines. Corporation Counsel Bill Matsikoudis has argued that questions over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, which allows Super PACs unlimited spending, might make Fulop’s proposal extend beyond the law. The city’s current version of the law does include language restricting spending by Super PACs, but city officials say that may have to change after more research can be done.

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Fulop legal memo preceded mysteriously funded super PAC

POLITICONEWJERSEY -  By Matt Friedman 5:25 a.m. | Feb. 16, 2016

Organizers of a super PAC expected to boost the gubernatorial ambitions of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop claim it was not set up to aid one specific candidate.

But two months after the founding of the PAC, Coalition for Progress, and before public reports surfaced about its existence, Jersey City’s top lawyer wrote a legal opinion to the mayor’s office about whether donations to independent expenditure committees — specifically including super PACs — could violate the city’s two pay-to-play ordinances Fulop had sponsored as a councilman.

Critics say the fact the Fulop's office wrote the opinion shows the mayor is expecting to benefit from donations he otherwise could not accept under his own laws.

In the Oct. 15 memo, obtained through an Open Public Records Act  request, city Corporation Counsel Jeremy Farrell acknowledged that Jersey City’s ordinances governing contributions from public contractors and redevelopers — intended to prevent contracts and other benefits from being awarded for campaign contributions — contain “language that could be read to restrict contributions to any and all PACs anywhere,” but, he added, “such an overly broad reading would be absurd.”

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I believe the facts report that our mayor held a fundraising event for this Super PAC last year, so is is it reasonable to conclude that he supports it and has some type of interest in what it does and how it operates?

as a rising leader in New Jersey, wouldn't he have an opinion and given his past statements perhaps oppose the idea of both the possibility that this is a contribution in the name of another and/or that the PAC should be required to disclose the names of the anonymous corporation's owners in their filings?

for someone who usually has a lot to say about things, he is unusually limited in his comments about this and then went silent.

as have many of the usual jclist suspects (posters), who are now only slowing returning.


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Fulop critics slam $1M 'dark money' donation to super PAC

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
February 09, 2016 at 5:23 PM

Local activists who worked with Mayor Steve Fulop in 2008 to enact the city's pay-to-play ban are blasting a super PAC with ties to Fulop for accepting a $1 million donation from a company whose leadership is all but anonymous.

Local good-government group Civic JC and its founder, Dan Levin, called upon any candidate who takes money from Coalition for Progress — the super PAC that sources say is raising cash for Fulop's expected gubernatorial run in 2017 — to demand it disclose the name of the $1 million donor.

Aaron Morrill, meanwhile, a local business owner who joined with Levin and then-Councilman Fulop to force the city in 2008 to ban awarding contracts to political donors, said he fears the $1 million contribution may have come from someone who does business with Jersey City and is "expecting special treatment."

"The pay-to-play ordinance that Mayor Fulop and I worked to enact in 2008 was designed to avoid exactly the type of public corruption that the large contributions to Coalition for Progress could bring about," Morrill told The Jersey Journal.

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By Agustin C. Torres | The Jersey Journal
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Some time back, I made reference to a report about a super PAC that is compatible, to put it mildly, with the thinking and missions of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. I wrote that you could thank the U.S. Supreme Court for allowing the "dark money" door to remain open in American politics. Then things started heating up.

There's almost nothing anyone can do about super PACs. Like all politicians, Fulop says he doesn't control the PAC. The Supreme Court ruled it is free speech and that every one is on their Scout's honor.

So the issue being argued by anti-Fulop folks (or rather those who disagree with the mayor) is that he is no "reformer" and the mayor is doing a good impersonation of an elected official who lacks morality, a conscience and the belief in the spirit of laws such as pay to play. It sounds somewhat redundant because by some dictionaries this is the popular and stereotypical definition of a politician.

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Perhaps our mayor should reconsider, stand up and demand the PAC return dark money, and demonstrate leadership and integrity

"Fulop says he doesn't know who the donor is, that the fund is not under his control, and that he's an innocent bystander to all this, like the rest of us."

"Fulop says he will not press the $1 million donor to reveal his or her identity because "I have no control over that." But he promises to make that request if the fund begins spending money on his behalf."


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By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
February 09, 2016 at 5:23 PM

Local activists who worked with Mayor Steve Fulop in 2008 to enact the city's pay-to-play ban are blasting a super PAC with ties to Fulop for accepting a $1 million donation from a company whose leadership is all but anonymous.

Local good-government group Civic JC and its founder, Dan Levin, called upon any candidate who takes money from Coalition for Progress — the super PAC that sources say is raising cash for Fulop's expected gubernatorial run in 2017 — to demand it disclose the name of the $1 million donor.

Aaron Morrill, meanwhile, a local business owner who joined with Levin and then-Councilman Fulop to force the city in 2008 to ban awarding contracts to political donors, said he fears the $1 million contribution may have come from someone who does business with Jersey City and is "expecting special treatment."

"The pay-to-play ordinance that Mayor Fulop and I worked to enact in 2008 was designed to avoid exactly the type of public corruption that the large contributions to Coalition for Progress could bring about," Morrill told The Jersey Journal.

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ark_money_donation_t.html




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Fulop critics slam $1M 'dark money' donation to super PAC

By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
February 09, 2016 at 5:23 PM

Local activists who worked with Mayor Steve Fulop in 2008 to enact the city's pay-to-play ban are blasting a super PAC with ties to Fulop for accepting a $1 million donation from a company whose leadership is all but anonymous.

Local good-government group Civic JC and its founder, Dan Levin, called upon any candidate who takes money from Coalition for Progress — the super PAC that sources say is raising cash for Fulop's expected gubernatorial run in 2017 — to demand it disclose the name of the $1 million donor.

Aaron Morrill, meanwhile, a local business owner who joined with Levin and then-Councilman Fulop to force the city in 2008 to ban awarding contracts to political donors, said he fears the $1 million contribution may have come from someone who does business with Jersey City and is "expecting special treatment."

"The pay-to-play ordinance that Mayor Fulop and I worked to enact in 2008 was designed to avoid exactly the type of public corruption that the large contributions to Coalition for Progress could bring about," Morrill told The Jersey Journal.

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ark_money_donation_t.html


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During the debates, Fulop bragged about the legislation he passed on pay to play, who would have thought he would change so fast?

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CivicJC Admonishes Super PAC- Pledges to Investigate

February 8, 2016

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Jersey City, NJ – Civic JC, an organization that promotes good government in Jersey City, denounces “dark money” accepted by super PAC, Coalition for Progress, and is investigating whether there have been any violations of state and local anti pay-to-play laws.

Super PAC - Coalition for Progress's Federal Election Commission filing on January 29th disclosed that it has received $3.2 million since the PAC's inception in August 2015.

As reported in Politico:
"nearly half of the $3.2 million raised by the super PAC, Coalition for Progress, cannot be traced to its original source. On Dec. 23, a trust called DE First Holdings was established in Wilmington, Delaware, according to the Delaware Division of Corporations. On Dec. 24, it gave $1 million to Coalition for Progress, according to the PAC’s filing with the Federal Election Commission. Public filings give no indication of who is behind the trust."

A second donation of $400,000 donated by Progressive New Jersey, a 501c4 gives no details of the origin of funds.

In its 2010 Citizens United decision, eight of nine Justices on the Supreme Court agreed that "transparency enables the electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different speakers and messages.”

Civic JC agrees with this fundamental principle and calls upon any candidate receiving the Coalition's support to demand disclosure of all contributors.

“The use of super PACs to hide the identities of monied interests seeking to influence the outcome of local and statewide elections can only undermine the good governance that elevates the public interest above the interests of those seeking special favors. The public has a right to know who the deep pocketed interests are.” said Esther Wintner, President of Civic JC. "The practice of layering is a technique used in domestic and international money laundering schemes which we do not allow. Why should the rules be different for political contributions".

Dan Levin of Civic JC weighed in, “Yes, super PACs are legal, but NOT from this type of anonymous shell company which could take 5 plus years to unravel".

Other contributors disclosed on the super PAC federal filing have either received a tax abatement, contract or have done business with the City of Jersey City or its agencies. Jersey City mayor, Steven Fulop, hosted a fundraiser for the PAC in November according to a February 1st Jersey Journal news article.

“Given the relationships of some of the contributors with the City of Jersey City, a closer examination is warranted to check for violations of the spirit of Pay-to-Play. We need to send a message that Jersey City is not for sale”, said Wintner.

Government should not be bought. Civic JC's efforts to investigate is intended to prevent and expose any possible hidden influence upon Jersey City and its elected officials. If deemed appropriate, Civic JC will consider a citizen’s action under the Pay-to-Play ordinances against the PAC as well as those making the contributions.

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Local good government group Civic JC is demanding that the Coalition for Progress super PAC, which is linked to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s potential run for governor in 2017, disclose their list of donors.

Read more:  http://hudsoncountyview.com/local-goo ... per-pac-discloses-donors/


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A rare time when the optics of a situation aren't as bad as the facts, which are horrendous. A million dollar donation from a company incorporated the day before, and Fulop doesn't see the issue?


Councilman Fulop saw the issue quite clearly. He spent half his time in office railing for campaign finance reform, and against pay to play politics.

Mayor Fulop on the other hand...

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A rare time when the optics of a situation aren't as bad as the facts, which are horrendous. A million dollar donation from a company incorporated the day before, and Fulop doesn't see the issue?

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Local good gov’t group demands Fulop-linked super PAC discloses donors

Local good government group Civic JC is demanding that the Coalition for Progress super PAC, which is linked to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s potential run for governor in 2017, disclose their list of donors.

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Fulop the reformer? What about that $1 million check? | Moran

By Tom Moran | Star-Ledger Editorial Board
  February 07, 2016 at 6:01 PM

A wealthy political donor with his eyes on New Jersey established a shadow corporation in Delaware on Dec. 23 of last year, and on the next day donated $1 million to a Super PAC with close ties to Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

Fulop says he doesn't know who the donor is, that the fund is not under his control, and that he's an innocent bystander to all this, like the rest of us.

Believe that if you like. There is no evidence to prove that it's not true.

But there is a mountain of circumstantial evidence tying Fulop to this fund, enough to tarnish his claim to be a reformer who wants to wring the dirty money out of New Jersey politics.

For one, Fulop held a fundraising event for the group last year, and so did Tommy Bertoli, a political operative based in Jersey City who has been Fulop's confidante for years. Attorney Donald Scarinci, another member of Fulop's camp, bragged about this fund on his Facebook page and directly linked it to Fulop's gubernatorial campaign. "Now no one can say that Steve Fulop will not have the money to win!" he wrote on Jan. 20.

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In the federal reports on the Coalition for Progress, you can see in many case the developers made no effort to hide the payments. In others, like Fields Development who contributed over $100,000 the street address tells the story. And this is only what we know, as Dan points out, money is coming in from all over the state and country. Even Frank Crittella of liberty House joined the party with a $25,000 donation made from his Landmark destination wedding company. He is a designated developer in ward F on a large piece of property the city owns. The Trump tower and Journal Square guys are in big, with even the children of the developer contributing, same with Panepinto. and on and on


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