A New Jersey-based fundraising firm headed by the daughter of prominent Rabbi Shmuley Boteach filed a lawsuit in federal court on Friday alleging that Dr. Mehmet Oz’s U.S. Senate campaign stole a list of predominately Jewish donors and then cheated them out of their commission.
Light Nation Media, LLC, and its head, Shterny Glick, claim that the Oz campaign signed a fundraising contract “with an ulterior motive” of accessing a large network of “established donors to political and other causes drawn from the American Jewish community” to help fund his bid for a United States Senate seat in Pennsylvania.
“It was no secret that plaintiff’s list of established donors to political and other causes was drawn almost exclusively from the American Jewish community. Such potential donors were well known for generously supporting political candidates sympathetic to Israel, and other issues dear to the Jewish community,” the lawsuit states.
In a filing with the U.S. District Court in New Jersey, the Teaneck firm claims that Oz and other entities backing his campaign have raised millions from the list, without paying the 5% commission they had agreed to in a December 2021 contract. The firm estimates the loss of commissions to be “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
The lawsuit alleges that after being hired late last year, Glick “immediately began working tirelessly with her contacts, many of whom were family friends and communal contacts, in an effort to garner financial and political support for Dr. Oz and his campaign within the American Jewish community.”
Oz, the lawsuit claims, had committed to providing Glick with policy papers demonstrating his support for the Jewish community and Israel, but never did. In a call last February, Oz fired Glick.
“Glick realized that Dr. Oz never had an actual desire to cooperate with her in her capacity as a fundraiser,” the lawsuit states. “Instead, Dr. Oz purposefully obstructed Plaintiff’s ability to perform pursuant to the Agreement by withholding his official campaign position on the State of Israel and other topics of particular interest to the American Jewish community.”
Boteach, an early Oz supporter, has bashed the TV doctor recently.
Oz lived in Cliffside Park, where he still has a home, and moved to Pennsylvania in 2021 to seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Patrick Toomey. He faces Democrat John Fetterman, the state’s lieutenant governor, in a close race next week. A Fox 29/Insider Advantage poll released today shows Oz with a two-point lead, while a Marist poll has Fetterman up by six points.
The Oz campaign did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment, and Oz did not answer a cell to his cell phone.