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Senate Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Kean camp buys TomMalinowski.com

Site attacks incumbent over pledge to refuse corporate PAC money Republicans say he’s not following

By Nikita Biryukov, October 02 2020 4:03 pm

This story was updated at 5:10 p.m.

State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean (R-Westfield) is running TomMalinowski.com.

The newly-purchased site attacks Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) over his pledge to not accept corporate PAC money, a pledge the Republicans say he isn’t really following.

“I guess Congressman Malinowski cares as much about the small details of his campaign as he does being honest with voters,” Kean campaign consultant Harrison Neely said. “His no PAC pledge is fake and TomMalinowski.com exposes that.”

While Malinowski does not accept funds directly from corporate PACS, he does accept funds from other Democrats and Democratic groups that do.

The incumbent argued the degree of separation means he’s not beholden to corporate interests. The Republicans say that just means he’s beholden to House Democratic leadership.

The House Majority PAC, a super PAC with ties to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cali.), put $1.5 million behind negative ads targeting Kean earlier this week.

It claims 60% of the funds Malinowski raised came from out of state donors. Between Jan. 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, Malinowski received just shy of $1.65 million in contributions from New Jersey donors. Counting contributions from PACs and transfers from other candidate committees, that number is spot on, though it drops to 52% if only individual contributions are tallied.

The site does take some liberties. It also erroneously claimed the New Jersey Globe called the incumbents claim that he does not directly accept corporate PAC money misleading. Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt made that claim, which the Globe reported. The claim was altered after this story was published.

The Malinowski campaign never bought TomMalinowski.com.

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