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Republican congressional candidate David Richter. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Mailer rips Richter’s record at construction firm, ties him to Gaddafi ‘blood money’

Operating Engineers independent expenditure slams Richter for hiring James Biden

By David Wildstein and Nikita Biryukov, May 20 2020 10:19 am

A hard-hitting direct mail piece savaging GOP congressional candidate David Richter’s business ventures in China, Syria and Libya and his hiring of Joe Biden’s brother, will hit the mailboxes of Republican primary voters in the next day or two.

The mailing was sent out by Stronger Foundations, a super PAC run by the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, where Richter’s Republican primary opponent, Kate Gibbs, is employed.

The four-page mailer, “The Shady Dave Dispatch,” slams Richter’s leadership of Hill International, one of the largest construction firms in the U.S., proclaiming him “New Jersey’s shadiest politician,” and calling him “corrupt.”

A former Hill International CEO, Richter is accused of taking  “blood money” in a business partnership with the Muammar Gaddafi regime in Libya, hiring James Biden to help them get contracts through the U.S. Department of State, and for entering into joint ventures and opening three offices in China.

An independent expenditure from is the politically savvy Operating Engineers will help narrow the financial edge of Richter, who has been self-funding much of his campaign so far.

While super PACs are not permitted to coordinate with campaigns, a new website, “Ri¢hie Ri¢hter,” was launched the Gibbs campaign today to make the case to Republicans why Richter should not be their candidate against freshman Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in the highly competitive 3rd district.

The site presents Richter as a greedy, “entitled one-percenter.”

“Despite raking in multi-millions in salary and stock, Richter ripped off shareholders by making them lavish him with outrageous perks for himself and his family, like luxury cars and country club memberships,” the Gibbs website claims.  “According to Securities and Exchange Commission filings, Richter even had the company pay for his household maid staff for personal use.”

Richter labeled Gibbs attacks as a “sad, pathetic and the ultimate act of desperation.”

Gibbs’ campaign calls Richter a “really bad businessman” and says that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Hill for machining “materially false and misleading financial statements.”

“This has been a highly-negative campaign. The fact is though, everything I’ve said about Kate negatively is true. Everything she said about me negatively has been nothing but lies and fabrications,” Richter told the New Jersey Globe in a telephone interview on Wednesday morning. “If you want me to go through and argue these point by point, I could, but it’s just such a huge pile of lies.”

Richter denies hiring James Biden, doing business in Syria or with terrorists.

“It’s just absurd, and I think it’s ironic calling me Desperate Dave when her campaign is on the ropes. She has no money. She’s relying on support from her union, who desperately wants a puppet of theirs in congress,” Richter said. “It’s really disappointing that this is how she thinks she’s going to win a congressional seat, by just telling lie after lie after lie about me.”

Hill International announced in 2010 that the former vice president’s brother was joining HillStone International, one of their subsidiaries, as executive vice president.  Richter was president and COO of Hill International at the time of the hiring.

Irving Richter, the founder of Hill International and the congressional candidate’s father, told Fox Business that the Obama administration was involved in the decision to land HillStone a hugely profitable contract to build 100,000 homes in Iraq.

Richter had initially entered the race for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 2nd district and had emerged as the front runner to take on freshman Democrat Jeff Van Drew.

After Van Drew switched parties and won the endorsement of President Donald Trump, Richter switched to the 3rd district, where Gibbs had been the front runner.

In March, Richter won the Ocean County GOP organization line in an upset victory after the party screening committee had already voted to recommend Gibbs.

Gibbs, a former Burlington County freeholder director and the deputy director for the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative (ELEC 825), has the organization line in Burlington.

Richter raised $772,275 and had $462,496 cash-on-hand after filing his 1st quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission.  He had contributed $610,156 to his own campaign.  Gibbs had $112,2672 remaining of the $219,343 she has brought in as of March 31.

Kim raised $757,774 in the first three months of this year and has $2,741,702 cash-on-hand as he seeks a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He has raised $3,426,165 since taking office in January 2019, all without accepting corporate PAC money.

A former Obama White House staffer, Kim ousted two-term Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) in 2018 by 3,973 votes (50%-49%) in what was the closest House race in the state.

As a first-time candidate in the 2018 mid-term elections, Kim raised $6,230,916 – significantly more than MacArthur, who self-funded his first race, who brought in $4,778,480.

New Jersey’s 3rd district has 11,197 more Democrats than Republicans.  Democrats won the seat in 2008, when John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) won following the retirement of twelve-term Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Bordentown).  Adler lost ex-NFL star Jon Runyan two years later.

MacArthur won the seat in 2014 after Runyan four years in Washington were enough.

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