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Lisa McCormick, left, and Jim Devine

In five bids for office, McCormick has never released that name of a single donor

Still no Federal Election Commission filing for perennial candidate’s primary challenge against Watson Coleman

By David Wildstein, April 20 2020 12:01 pm

Perennial candidate Lisa McCormick still hasn’t filed with the Federal Election Commission, even though three weeks have passed since she submitted nominating petitions to run for Congress in New Jersey’s 12th district.

McCormick is challenging three-term Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) in the July 7 Democratic primary.

In December 2018, McCormick filed a campaign committee to challenge Cory Booker in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary.

Since then, McCormick has not filed any campaign finance reports with the FEC, even though five quarters have gone by since her initial filing.

Either McCormick has still not raised the $5,000 threshold needed to file, or she has not followed federal law that requires the disclosure of campaign donors.

As late as last month, McCormick’s emails were indicating that she was running for the Senate, leaving her decision to challenge Watson Coleman, a progressive icon, a bit surprising.

In her four previous bids for public office – Union County Clerk in 2010, Rahway Council in 2014, U.S. Senate in 2018, and Union County Surrogate in 2019 – McCormick has never filed a report indicating a single donor.

This wouldn’t be out of the ordinary if not for McCormick’s insistence that she has sent out “20 million emails”—bulk emails are not free — and has a network of ‘thousands of volunteers.”

In 2018, the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission levied a $120,000 fine against a political action committee run by McCormick’s life partner and campaign manager, Jim Devine, for failing to report campaign contributions and expenditures.

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