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Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany)

DeCroce bill would require candidates to identify their consultants

Legislator: ‘How do we know that unidentifiable political consulting firms aren’t shell corporations financed by foreign governments?’

By David Wildstein, May 31 2019 12:13 pm

Shielding the identity of a paid political consultant should be against the law, Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) says in announcing her plans to introduce legislation that would stop future campaigns from doing just that.

The Morris County legislator is reacting to complaints that candidates in Morris County are using a firm called Checkmate Action Group, which operates out of a mail forwarding company in Wyoming and does not list its owners in their state corporate filing.

Reuters News Service called Wyoming; “the Cayman Islands of the American Prairie.”

The political consulting firm – possibly a shell company – is doing work for several campaigns in the GOP primary this year, including freeholder candidate Donald Dinsmore, surrogate candidate Isabella Alfano, and assembly candidate Brian Bergen.

The incumbent freeholders who face Dinsmore and his running mates in next week’s primary have filed a complaint with the Election Law Enforcement Commission and plan to file a lawsuit in Superior Court.

“There is no room in our state politics for candidates that use shell corporations to conceal the identity of their consultants,” said DeCroce.  “At a time when our nation is concerned about foreign interference in our elections; how do we know that unidentifiable political consulting firms aren’t shell corporations financed by foreign governments.”

DeCroce says her bill would require all out-of-state Limited Liability Corporations to file with the state Department of Treasury and identify owners and members of the LLC, and would make it illegal for candidates to spend campaign funds on consultants whose principals cannot be identified.

“If candidates have to run their campaigns through shell corporations, then I would have to immediately question their integrity for doing so,” DeCroce said.

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  1. Deceptive Don Dinsmore (King Penna’s pet) thinks otherwise. This guy will go lengths to deceive the average voter and has no integrity at all. He’s the kind of snake politician that voters can’t wait to vote out of office. If Morris County let’s this garden snake into office he will be a Python by the time he’s finished.

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