Monmouth Democrats To Host April Fools Comedy Show

Senator Bob Menendez, left, and Congressman Frank Pallone, making like chimpmunks at the 2012 Belmar St. Patrick's parade. Photo credit Charles Measley

Senator Bob Menendez, left, and Congressman Frank Pallone, making like chimpmunks at the 2012 Belmar St. Patrick’s parade. Photo credit Charles Measley

Promising an evening of unlimited food, wine, beer and laughs, the Monmouth County Democrats are hosting a April Fools Comedy Show on Saturday April 6, 6:30 PM, at the IBEW Local 400 Union Hall in Wall Township.

The event is sponsored by Weiner Lesniak Law Firm, CME Engineering, Fairview Insurance, IBEW Local 400, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, The Asbury Park Democratic Committee, and Local 9 Plumbers and Pipefitters.

The entertainment will include 4 left-wing professional comedians and Olivia Nuzi reciting Joe Cryan’s emails.

Senator Bob Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone will sing the theme song to Alvin and the Chimpmunks.

Tickets are $35, $60 for couples and can be purchased here.

Posted: March 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, CME Associates, Cory Booker, Frank Pallone, Humour, Joe Cryan, Monmouth Democrats | Tags: | 3 Comments »

Unity or Strange Bedfellows in the Monmouth GOP?

Anna Little, with good reason, has been taking credit for John Bennett’s election as Monmouth GOP Chairman.  If not for Little endorsing her benefactor and encouraging the County Committee members who are also Tea Party activists to vote for Bennett, Christine Hanlon would be Chairwoman.

Little’s reward, whatever it is, will come sometime after she loses to Frank Pallone in November.

The biggest change that Bennett has made since taking over the helm of the Monmouth GOP six weeks ago is to start to make good on his campaign promise to raise the money necessary for county campaigns.   He has informed the Monmouth GOP ticket of Freeholders John Curley and Serena DiMaso, as well as County Clerk Claire French, not to worry about rasing money for the fall campaign.  He has instructed office holders not on the ballot this fall, including the legislative delegation and the sheriff, all of whom have campaigns next year, to suspend their fund raising activities effective August 1 so as not to compete with his efforts for the current campaign.

But how will he raise the money?

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Posted: July 31st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Anna Little, Brookdale Community College, Campaign Contributions, Campaign Finance, Christine Hanlon, CME Associates, ELEC, Frank Pallone, Freeholder, John Bennett, John Curley, Middlesex County Democrats, Middletown Democrats, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments »

CME Associates Buys Middlesex County Democrats

By Harold V. Kane, Monroe Township

It is no secret in Middlesex County that the Middlesex County Democrat Organization never seems to have problems raising money for political campaigns. What is strange is who some of the donors are. Did you ever hear of Citizens for a Green Environment, Women for Good Government, or the Coalition for Government Efficiency. These three groups are political action committees that support Democrats exclusively. One has to ask where their funds come from Are tree huggers, feminists, and efficiency experts so interested in electoral activity that they are willing to donate huge sums to their respective groups. The answer is of course NOT!

These three groups are among 12(list below) that the Democrats established for scrutiny-avoidance so that large sums of money could be contributed but not readily made available for review. The key to this type of operation is the difference in the contribution level that may be given to an individual candidate versus to PAC.  The maximum that a single person or organization can make to candidate’s committee is $2,600 per election. However, the maximum that can be made to a PAC is $7,200 per election. If a donor wants to contribute large sums to a candidate or series of candidates, the easiest way is to contribute to PACs and let the PACs distribute the money. This is what happens in Middlesex County.

Since January of 2008 up to August of 2011, the PACs controlled by the Middlesex County Democrats have accepted $1,715,264 from various contributors with $621,000 (36%) coming from the five principals  ( David Samuel, John Stefani, Jay Cornell, Michael McClelland, and Gregory Valesi) of CME Associates of Sayreville. This does not include the $250,000 that the CME principals contributed to various candidate committees. In total the CME principals contributed $854,550 to the Democrats and a paltry $17,550 to the Republicans for a total of $872,100 during this 3.5 year period.

Obviously CME was not alone. Second on the donor hit parade was T&M Associates of Middletown, third was the Gartland Family of Companies of Baltimore and fourth was Federal Business Centers of Edison. The citizens of Middlesex County have gotten a partial reprieve from these clandestine activities. Francis Gartland, the scion of the Gartland family of companies, has pled guilty to bribing a public official in Ocean County. This should keep the Gartland check book closed, at least for a while.

You must be wondering how this massive scrutiny-avoidance can happen. The Democrats are exploiting a fault in the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission computer system. The fault precludes a standard name query from extracting contributor names that gave to PACs. The information is available, but is not overly easy to find.

Democrat scrutiny-avoidance Organizations      
From Jan. 1 2008 to August 1, 2011      
       
PAC Total Contr. CME Amount CME %
       
Coalition for Government Efficiency $130,350.00 $50,000.00 38.00%
Box 263, Eatontown

 

 

 

Democracy in Motion PAC $189,716.00 $65,000.00 34.00%
12 Deerfield Road, Sayreville

 

 

 

New Expectations PAC $196,066.00 $60,000.00 30.00%
2 Lincoln Highway, ste 511, Edison

 

 

 

Cmte for  Efficiency in Government PAC $38,500.00 $26,000.00 67.00%
11 Barton Road, Mountain Lakes

 

 

 

Women for Good Government PAC $238,616.00 $75,000.00 32.00%
250 George St, New Brunswick

 

 

 

Raritan Bay Leadership Fund $203,466.00 $77,500.00 38.00%
251 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick

 

 

 

Committee for Civic Responsibility $222,450.00 $70,000.00 31.00%
68 Old Road, Princeton

 

 

 

People Energizing  Government PAC $136,900.00 $50,200.00 37.00%
105 Morristown Road, ste 105, Bernardsville

 

 

 

Higher Point Leadership $59,300.00 $28,000.00 47.00%
1377 Main Street, Millstone Borough

 

 

 

Citizens for  Green Environment $119,350.00 $60,000.00 50.00%
1102 Hazelwood Avenue, Middlesex Borough

 

 

 

Bergen County Young Democrats $35,900.00 $8,500.00 24.00%
14 Brinkerhoff Avenue, Teaneck

 

 

 

19th District Democratic Leadership Fund $144,650.00 $51,000.00 35.00%
13 Zalewski Drive, Sayreville

 

 

 

  $1,715,264.00 $621,200.00 36% avg

 

 

CME

$621,200.00

T & M Associates

$167,500.00

Gartland – Federal Hill Risk Management

$95,864.00

Federal Business Centers

$85,700.00

Richard Alaimo

$77,700.00

EPIC

$66,300.00

Houdlik & Morrison

$47,300.00

Feist Engineering

$46,600.00

Remington Vernick

$46,400.00

NAIK Consulting

$31,800.00

Shain, Schaefer, and Raffanello

$29,500.00

Omar Boraie

$17,700.00

Martin Murphy

$16,000.00

Larry Berger

$15,500.00

Golden, Rothschild, et al

$15,000.00

Omland Corp

$15,000.00

Klein Advertising

$14,400.00

Eric Bernstein – attorney

$13,200.00

Lori Dvorak – attorney

$11,400.00

Hoagland, Longo, Moran

$11,200.00

Dwyer, Connell – attorneys

$10,500.00

Michael J. Stone – attorney

$10,500.00

Elaine Flynn

$10,000.00

William Flynn – attorney

$9,000.00

Najarian Assoc

$7,750.00

David Klein

$7,200.00

Hatch Mott McDonald

$7,200.00

R3M Engineering

$7,200.00

Higher Point Leadership

$7,000.00

Paul Weiner

$6,250.00

Borrus, Foley, Golden

$6,000.00

Adams, Rehman, and Heggan

$5,000.00

Bowman and Company

$5,000.00

Carpenters Union

$5,000.00

Laborers Union

$5,000.00

McManimon and Scotland – attorneys

$5,000.00

Robert Paulus

$5,000.00

John Parker – attorney

$4,250.00

BGIA

$4,000.00

Dennis Enright

$4,000.00

Bill Neary for Mayor

$3,500.00

J. Kane – attorney

$3,500.00

Bayshore

$3,000.00

Charles Carley

$3,000.00

Concetta Gerbi

$3,000.00

Neglia Engineering

$3,000.00

Robert Morrison

$3,000.00

Nicholas Rentas

$2,600.00

Realty Management Associates

$2,600.00

Aforce

$2,500.00

Convery, Convery, Shihar

$2,500.00

JH Reid

$2,500.00

MBI Gluckshaw

$2,500.00

Harris Realty

$2,000.00

John McManus

$2,000.00

MK Management

$2,000.00

Carr Eng.

$1,750.00

Grand Sanitation

$1,700.00

Aforce

$1,500.00

Francisco Taddeo

$1,500.00

Middlesex Medical Group

$1,500.00

Bayshore Recycling

$1,250.00

Lawrence Sacks – attorney

$1,250.00

Raymond Lesniak

$1,250.00

Albany Street Plaza

$1,000.00

Cahn and Parra – attorneys

$1,000.00

Christine Grippo

$1,000.00

Elite Auto group

$1,000.00

John Kwasnik – attorney

$1,000.00

K-Land #11

$1,000.00

Lanzo and Son

$1,000.00

Old Castle Pipe

$1,000.00

multiple small contributors

$76,250.00

 

$1,715,264.00

Posted: September 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: CME Associates, Harold V. Kane, Middlesex County Democrats | Tags: , , | 10 Comments »