Monmouth Dems Outraise Monmouth GOP

In their first quarters as party chairmen, Democrat Vin Gopal bested Republican John Bennett in the fundraising battle by over $10,000.

According to their reports filed with the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission, the Monmouth County Democrats raised $38,647.50. and spent $28,096.01.  The Democrats started the quarter with only $957 in cash. As of September 30th they had $11,509.

The Monmouth GOP ended the quarter with almost $2,000 less cash than it had when Bennett was elected.  The GOP reported raising $28,296 and spending $30,284.  Former Chairman Joe Oxley left Bennett with $34,790.  Of the $28K  Bennett raised, $6000 was donated by the Election Fund of Assemblyman Dave Rible and $3000 was donated by Senator Jennifer Beck’s campaign account.

Gopal’s large donors were Local Union 400 IBEW ($3500), the Middletown Democrats ($1850), Plumbers and Pipe fitters Local Union #9 ($1000) and the Uliano Law Firm of West Long Branch ($1500).

Gopal raised $20,710 in contributions of $300 or less.  Bennett raised $9,802 in donations of $300 or less.

“The Monmouth County Democrats are organizing at a grassroots level because residents across the county are beginning to realize there is a very clear difference between the two political parties,” said Gopal,   “At our convention last June, we had a turnout of over 90% of our county committee with hundreds of new county committee members entering the political process, many of them first time contributors to our party,”

” With party standard bearers like Barack Obama, Bob Menendez and Frank Pallone, people see that we are building and we are organizing.  The Monmouth County Democratic Party is fighting for middle-class taxpayers, fighting for small business owners and working to protect our environment.  There is a clear difference between the two county parties and our messages and people across the county are beginning to recognize these differences.”

Bennett did not return a call for comment.

Posted: October 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: John Bennett, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “Monmouth Dems Outraise Monmouth GOP”

  1. No dog in this fight, but said at 5:19 pm on October 24th, 2012:

    Bennett had a huge couple of events in October, after that reporting date and what the heck has Gopal spent money on? No signs, no mailers, nothing.

  2. Lewis said at 5:23 pm on October 24th, 2012:

    Looks like Gopal has his focus on municipal races

  3. Edith T. Nowels said at 6:07 pm on October 24th, 2012:

    WTH … MONEY DOES NOT BUY PRINCIPLE … MY VOTE IS NOT, and WILL NEVER BE, FOR SALE. The numbers that WILL COUNT on November 6th are INDIVIDUAL VOTES …. Y O U R S and M I N E…. Let’s, each one of us who care about our county and country, show THEM that each of our individual votes WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE…..NOT who outspent who!!!!!!

  4. TR said at 7:43 pm on October 24th, 2012:


  5. TheDigger said at 7:58 pm on October 24th, 2012:

    Typical dems …they owe about $78,000…borrow and spend, borrow and spend.

    Any bets as to whether Vic will ever see that $64,000 he is owed (probably free rents, free utilities, etc)?

  6. Precisely. Very successful first 4 months. said at 9:22 pm on October 24th, 2012:

    You will see several GOP mailers, hear radio , and $ thousands $ were/will be spent on large and small lawnsigns, maintaining a clean, comfortable , and full-time county hq, not to mention a free and friendly victory party at South Gate Manor in Freehold on Election Night,to which all are invited. Agree next year more time can be spent trying to help some contested towns. It’s pretty pathetic when the large part of a first year of a new Dem chair is spent trashing a freeholder who isn’t even running.Fine with us, if this continues!

  7. Uliano Fan said at 6:39 am on October 25th, 2012:

    “…. and the Uliano Law Firm of West Long Branch ($1500).”

    Charles Uliano was a career prosecutor in Monmouth County for about 25 years. He is now in private practice. You’d be hard pressed to find a lawyer in New Jersey that has stood before more Monmouth County juries than has Mr. Uliano. I’m a conservative Republican and I’ve never been arrested. That said, if I ever did need to hire a criminal defense attorney, Charles Uliano would be the first person I would call.

  8. Astraea said at 9:55 am on October 25th, 2012:

    I think some of those County GOP numbers are misleadingly small, because checks to some fundraisers were made out directly to the candidates.

  9. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » APP endorses Claire French for Clerk said at 11:25 am on October 26th, 2012:

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