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Mastrangelo will sue Dinsmore in search of mystery consultant

Morris freeholder alleges disclaimer on attack mail is from non-existent person

By David Wildstein, May 29 2019 9:39 pm

A Morris County freeholder is filing a lawsuit alleging that his Republican primary opponent is using a political consulting firm that operates as a shell company out of a mail drop in Wyoming.

Alan Zakin, an attorney for Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo, advised the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission of the complaint and his intent to ask a judge to force candidate Donald Dinsmore to disclose the identity of his consultant and how the $42,000 he sent to the firm was spent.

Mastrangelo also contends that an attack mailing that hit an estimated 10,000 Morris County homes includes a disclaimer that it was paid for by an individual who does not exist.

“For Dinsmore to operate in such a dark, opaque cloud frustrates the purpose of the New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act – to bring transparency and sunshine to the political process,” Zakin wrote.

Zakin wants ELEC to support his efforts to seek transparency on the consultant controversy before Tuesday’s election, saying that the campaign finance watchdog agency cannot mitigate damages prior to the election and can only issue fines afterwards.

Dinsmore said he would not comment on a complaint that he has not seen.

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