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Law firm’s Yaede donations exceed state limit

Destribats gave Hamilton $3,300 total

By Nikita Biryukov, October 09 2019 11:44 am

A Hamilton lawyer has given more the town’s mayor more money than is allowed by state law, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Anthony Destribats gave Mayor Kelly Yaede $1,000 on April 4, 2016, according to reports Election Law Enforcement Commission On May 3, 2019, the law firm gave Yaede another $2,300.

Businesses are allowed to donate up to $2,600 to a candidate committee per election cycle.

Yaede was elected to her first full term as Hamilton’s mayor in 2015.

Under state law, candidates can be fined up to $10,000 for knowingly and willingly accepting contributions worth less than $5,000 in excess of the legal limit.

This year, Yaede, a Republican, faces a challenge from Hamilton Council President Jeff Martin.

She did not return a phone call seeking comment made at 9:09 p.m. Wednesday.

It’s unlikely ELEC will issue any enforcement action before the race’s conclusion.

Election day is Nov. 5.

Correction: an earlier version of this story misstated the donor and were in compliance.  

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3 thoughts on “Law firm’s Yaede donations exceed state limit

  1. “Destribats Campbell Staub & Schroth, identified as “Destribats Campbell” on the ELEC reports, gave Mayor Kelly Yaede $1,000 on April 4, 2016. On May 3, 2019, the law firm gave Yaede another $2,300.”

    Aren’t 2016 and 2019 two different periods or is it a typo?

  2. They will probably blame the bookkeeper. $700 over the limit, yes it violates the law. But, doing 35 in a 25 mph zone is an infraction. No one has gotten punished for the Animal Shelter or doing Food Inspection.

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