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House Candidate Stephanie Schmid. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

State GOP official tells Schmid to drop out of race

FEC suggested NJ-4 democrat could face legal action over possible violations

By David Wildstein, September 10 2020 7:50 pm

Democrat Stephanie Schmid is facing an internal probe by the Federal Election Commission for possible campaign finance violations and now one Republican leader has had enough and wants her to drop out of the race.

“Whether it’s lying about her experience working for Congressman Smith, her record of defending the Deepwater Horizon polluters, or her bizarre attack on the Congressman for his diligent bipartisan work against the scourge of Lyme disease, Stephanie Schmid’s campaign has been a train wreck,” said Phil Valenziano, the executive director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.  “With these new very serious allegations of campaign finance impropriety, Schmid needs to think long and hard about whether she continues as a candidate.”

The deadline to replace Schmid as the Democratic candidate in New Jersey’s 4th district has passed.  Ballots have been printed in parts of the district and will be mailed imminently.

The incumbent, Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), is seeking re-election to his 21st term in Congress.

“Although the Commission may take further legal action concerning the acceptance of prohibited contributions, your prompt action to refund the prohibited amount will be taken into consideration,” FEC senior campaign finance and reviewing analyst Michael Dobi wrote to Schmid this week.

Schmid loaned $100,000 to her campaign on June 27, but didn’t report the contribution immediately before the July 7 Democratic primary.

Candidates are required to report contributions of over $1,000 within 48 hours.

Schmid also neglected to report the contribution on her July 15 report and did not disclose her own loan until an amended report on July 29.

In her amended report, the Schmid campaign says her $100,000 loan was “based on new information.”

Records show that Schmid filed four 48-hour reports between June 28 and July 3, but none of them reflected her campaign loan.  She did file a report on July 5 reflecting a July 4 loan, even though her check was dated June 27.  Essentially, she amended a report that never actually existed.

A Schmid campaign spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

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