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In 48-hour reports, Dems spending big in 25th, Kean pushing for Testa in Senate race

By David Wildstein, October 25 2019 11:40 am

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

* The Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee reported spending $46,000 for Gina LaPlaca and Mark Natale in the 8th, $42,000 for Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman in the 16th, $30,000 for Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman in the 21st, and $80,000 for Lisa Bhimani and Darcy Draeger in the 25th.

* Assembly Republican Victory reported receiving $158,500 and sending $190,000 to Choice for Change, which is part of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.  Included in their revenues were contributions of $25,000 each from BettyLou DeCroce and Ronald Dancer, and $5,000 from Holly Schepisi.  Former U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin and his wife, Kathy, each donated $5,000.  Other contributors included: New Jobs, a business PAC ($25,000) and the New Jersey Apartment Association ($10,000)

* The Operating Engineers Local 825 sent $25,000 to the General Majority PAC and $37,000 to the Camden County Democratic Committee.  They also contributed $3,000 to the Warren County Republican Committee, where GOP State Chairman Doug Steinhardt is the county chairman, and $5,000 to the Somerset County Republican Organization, where control of county government is at stake.

* The New Jersey Education Association contributed $6,200 to Republican Jean Stanfield in the 8th district, where South Jersey Democrats are trying to flip two Assembly seats.

* The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) gave $4,000 to Mandelblatt and Gunderman, and $4,000 to Bhimani and Draeger.  In total, they reported $23,000 to Democratic legislators on Thursday.

* Senate Republican Majority, the leadership PAC run by Assembly Minority Leader Tom Kean, reported receiving contributions from four members of the caucus, Joseph Pennacchio ($25,000), Gerald Cardinale ($10,000), Sam Thompson ($5,000), and Declan O’Scanlon ($2,500).  They also received $25,000 from New Jobs, $25,000 from the Republican State Leadership Committee, and $12,500 from the New Jersey Apartment Association.

They reported transferring $58,000 to Choice for Change and $15,000 directly to the Senate campaign of Michael Testa, Jr. in the 1st district, the only Senate race in the state this year.

* The Somerset County Republican Organization reported transfers of $25,000 to Freeholder Pat Walsh’s re-election campaign and $15,000 to the campaign of GOP Sheriff candidate Bill Parenti.

* The District 39 Democrats sent $8,200 to Assembly challengers John Birkner and Gerald Falotico.

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