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Norcross-tied dark money group closed in February

General Growth Fund filed papers to dissolve 501(c)4

By David Wildstein, August 19 2019 12:10 pm

The General Growth Fund, a 501 (c)4 non-profit with ties to Democratic powerbroker George Norcross was dissolved earlier this year, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

A certificate of dissolution was filed with the District of Columbia, effective February 2, 2019.

A similar group tied to Gov. Phil Murphy, New Direction New Jersey, has faced considerable criticism for their decision not to release their donors after initially promising to do so.

The (Bergen) Record, albeit incorrectly, reported last week that Senate President Steve Sweeney is “supported by the General Growth Fund.”  The story indicated the New Direction NJ received $3.6 million from two politically influential labor unions.

Murphy has acknowledged raising money for the dark money group and has appeared in television ads paid for by New Direction NJ advancing the governor’s agenda.

The General Growth Fund controlled the General Majority PAC, a 527 political organization that has raised tens of millions since it was founded in 2013.

While the super PAC was required to disclose their contributors, the non-profit was not.

Democratic fundraiser Susan McCue, a Norcross ally, headed both organizations.

In January, POLITICO reported that PSEG attempted to contribute $55,000 to the super PAC after South Jersey Democrats helped them get a nuclear energy subsidy from the state, but that the money was intended to go to the non-profit.

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