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





T & M Associates


Gartland – Federal Hill Risk Management


Federal Business Centers


Richard Alaimo




Houdlik & Morrison


Feist Engineering


Remington Vernick


NAIK Consulting


Shain, Schaefer, and Raffanello


Omar Boraie


Martin Murphy


Larry Berger


Golden, Rothschild, et al


Omland Corp


Klein Advertising


Eric Bernstein – attorney


Lori Dvorak – attorney


Hoagland, Longo, Moran


Dwyer, Connell – attorneys


Michael J. Stone – attorney


Elaine Flynn


William Flynn – attorney


Najarian Assoc


David Klein


Hatch Mott McDonald


R3M Engineering


Higher Point Leadership


Paul Weiner


Borrus, Foley, Golden


Adams, Rehman, and Heggan


Bowman and Company


Carpenters Union


Laborers Union


McManimon and Scotland – attorneys


Robert Paulus


John Parker – attorney




Dennis Enright


Bill Neary for Mayor


J. Kane – attorney




Charles Carley


Concetta Gerbi


Neglia Engineering


Robert Morrison


Nicholas Rentas


Realty Management Associates




Convery, Convery, Shihar


JH Reid


MBI Gluckshaw


Harris Realty


John McManus


MK Management


Carr Eng.


Grand Sanitation




Francisco Taddeo


Middlesex Medical Group


Bayshore Recycling


Lawrence Sacks – attorney


Raymond Lesniak


Albany Street Plaza


Cahn and Parra – attorneys


Christine Grippo


Elite Auto group


John Kwasnik – attorney


K-Land #11


Lanzo and Son


Old Castle Pipe


multiple small contributors




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

10 Comments on “CME Associates Buys Middlesex County Democrats”

  1. rest easy,people, said at 1:16 pm on September 13th, 2011:

    can’t/won’t happen in Monmouth, due to a very restrictive pay-to-play resolution and policy, in place for many years.. at least we know why the Middlesex Dems have such a huge advantage over any other poor slobs even trying to run and win, there..with all that dough spent to keep the power in one party there, one would expect a much better- planned, and more attractive county, than what they’ve delivered over the years!..

  2. M.Laffey said at 10:07 pm on September 13th, 2011:

    Good reporting Art.

  3. M.Laffey said at 10:11 pm on September 13th, 2011:

    Wait Art didn’t write it so good job Harold.

  4. Wait a minute said at 8:00 am on September 14th, 2011:

    Not so fast GOP. Greg Valesi is a regular at Monmouth GOP functions. Manalapan, Marlboro, CME plays both sides.

    Watch out!

  5. Wheelers said at 5:10 pm on September 14th, 2011:

    Who can forget CME Associates illegally wheeling in $15k to OC PAC to avoid pay to play in Middletown by donating in 2008 to Pat “was it a loan or a gift?” Walsh? Speaking of which, has she disclosed the answer to JJ Sullivan’s question on that?

  6. I hear ya, said at 12:57 pm on September 15th, 2011:

    wheeling can/does still go on, but the point is, a firm or individual can exercise their right to contribute to a candidate, but, in Monmouth, they will be disqualified if they exceed the limit in an election cycle.. that’s the difference..

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