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48-Hour reports: Big spending in Jersey City school board race; Assembly GOP gets boost from trial lawyers

By David Wildstein, October 28 2019 10:57 am

In 48-hour expenditure reports filed on Friday with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission:

* Assembly Republican Victory received $15,000 from the New Jersey Association for Justice, which advocates on behalf of trial lawyers, and $1,900 from the NJ Orthopedic Association.  They also received $28,000 from Republican Assembly candidates in the 38th district, $8,500 from Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-River Vale) – likely check exchanges to pay for postage using the state party bulk rate mailing permit.  ARV sent $102,000 to Choice for Change, a pro-business PAC.

* NJ Community Initiatives, a continuing political committee with ties to state Democrats, received $30,000 from Mack-Cali Property Trust, a politically active development company.  The group reported spending $19,420 for a mailing on behalf of Hoboken City Council candidate Migdalia Pagan Milano.

* The New Jersey Democratic State Committee reported a $10,000 contribution for IBEW Local 102, bringing the union’s total this year to $20,000.  The state party also received $25,000 from the New Leadership Council of NJ PAC, $16,000 from NJ DEM GOTV PAC, $2,500 from The Chemours Company, and $6,000 from Victory 2019 – Union County.

The spent $18,725 on Somerset County Democratic candidates, $20,000 on Hamilton Township Democrats, and $16,76 on Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and his running mate, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (D-Perth Amboy).  They received $25,000 from the 39th district Democratic Assembly candidates, $16,500 from Coughlin and $16,750 from Lopez – all likely check exchanges to pay for postage using the state party bulk rate mailing permit.

* The New Jersey Republican State Committee spent $2,137 on 16th district GOP Assembly candidates Todd Caliguire and Christine Madrid, $1,314 on Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany), $9,789 on Monmouth County Republican candidates, $3,417 on 1st district State Senate candidate Michael Testa, Jr.,

* Fairer NJ spent $121,441 on independent expenditures to benefit the Change for Children Board of Education slate in Jersey City.  The slate of David Czehut, Asheenia Johnson and Alexander Hamilton are seeking to topple an incumbent slate backed by the Jersey City teachers union.

* The Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization received $5,000 from former GOP U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin.

* The Mercer County Democratic Committee received $5,000 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 268, bringing their year-to-date total to $35,500.  Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli (D-Hopewell) also donated $5,000; his YTD total is $10,000.  Mercer Democrats reported spending $259 on digital ads for Assemblymen Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton) and Dan Benson (D-Hamilton) an for the Hamilton Township Democratic Committee.

* The Monmouth County Republican Committee received $25,000 from Freeholder Director Tom Arnone.

* The Hunterdon County Republican Committee received $7,500 from Anderson Jackson Metts, $8,500 from Sheriff Fred Brown, and $3,500 from Freeholder John Lanza, and $2,500 from Freeholder candidate Zach Rich.   The GOP spent $6,672 on a poll.

* The Westfield Republican Town Committee spent $7,500 on three local council candidates.  The GOP municipal chairman is Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick.  The local party also received $1,500 from the Union County Republican Committee; the county chairman works as an aide in Bramnick’s Assembly office.

* BluePAC reported contributions of $5,000 from the New Jersey State Laborers and $2,500 from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey vice president Vincent Alonge.

* The Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey sent $5,000 to Senate Democratic Majority, Steve Sweeney’s leadership PAC, and $1,500 to Sweeney’s running mates, Assemblymen John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro) and Adam Taliaferro (D-Woolwich).

* The New Jersey American Water Employees PAC contributed $4,000 to Jon Bramnick and $2,500 to Burzichelli and Taliaferro.

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