Rich Pezzullo, the Republican candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District, blasted Congressman Frank Pallone today for accepting $7000 in campaign contributions from facebook.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Pallone has received $7000 from facebook since 2010, including $2,500 for this year’s election.
“Frank Pallone has taken $7,000 from Facebook since 2010,” Pezzullo marveled. “Seven thousand dollars,” he repeated, to a group of voters in Middlesex County. “And he has the gall to sit up there and claim he’s an unbiased observer, to claim he’s representing his district?”
“Our cowardly Congressman thinks big corporations are a negative force in society,” Pezzullo said, “until they’re paying for his re-election.”
“Pallone has no problem cashing checks from Facebook,” Pezzullo continued, “but how does he think they make their money?”
“The answer is, he doesn’t care. Frank Pallone doesn’t care how anyone makes their money, as long as their checks clear,” Pezzullo explained.
“Pallone says, ‘We need to take steps immediately to secure our democracy.’ The first step would be to return every dime he took from Facebook and apologize to his constituents for taking it in the first place. He’s out of touch, corrupt to the core, and ready for retirement.”
The congressman from Long Branch grilled facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg yesterday during the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing into the company’s data collection. Pallone said that congressional Republicans were Zuckerberg’s allies and that he was disappointed that the executive would not give a yes or no answer to a complex question.