Despite waking up thousands of Monmouth County voters at 4am on primary day, the Bayshore Tea Party Group and the Bellew Brigade have apparently not lost any sleep over their crushing defeat last week. The architects of the 20%-80% defeat in the Monmouth County and LD 13 GOP primaries have endorsed Dr. Alieta Eck in the Special U.S. Senate Primay and are angling to run that campaign.
Congratulations Steve Lonegan!
Neither BTPG nor Leigh-Ann Bellew’s campaign have admitted to commissioning the 4am robocall on June 4 that announced it was being made on behalf of Senator Joe Kyrillos , Assembly Members Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon and faked the caller ID to a number belonging to the Monmouth County Republican Organization. They are exercising their right to remain silent to the extent that they have yet to congratulate their opponents.
MMM first reported the call (click here to listen) and that it appears to have been recorded by the same person who recorded Bellew’s voice mail greeting. (Click here to listen to Bellew’s voice mail greeting.)
Kyrillos and O’Scanlon publicly accused the Bellew campaign of making the call. Monmouth County GOP Chairman John Bennett lodged a complaint with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Bennett said yesterday that he will not let up on pursuing prosecution of the dirty trick.
Bayshore Tea Party Group co-founder Barbara Gonzalez complained about this website on facebook, saying she was going to report its owner to the FBI because he finds out, and acts on, what she is writing about on the social media site without the help of the NSA or the Obama Administration.
Charles Webster, spokesperson for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, confirmed that there is an active investigation into the 4am robocall.
Webster was not at liberty to discuss the investigation, so MMM’s investigative team got to work to find more evidence of the call’s origin.
Bellew has not submitted all of her required campaign finance disclosures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, but the disclosures she did make in May report disbursements to a Frisco, Texas firm, Digital Politics, LLC that coincide with known robocalls of the Bellew campaign. An exhaustive five minute investigation revealed that Digital Politics was formed in January of this year. Its mailing address is a UPS mail drop.
Our investigator called the UPS Store on Eldorado Parkway in Frisco to verify the address for Digital Politics, LLC. “Do you have a contact name?” the nice person who answered the phone asked. Quick on his feet, our investigator took a wild guess, “Dwayne Horner.” “Yes, the address is 2831 El Dorado Parkway, Suite 103-176, Frisco, Texas 75034.” Just as our investigator suspected.
Horner was Bellew’s campaign manager and spokesperson.
The New Jersey Democratic Party was fined $42,000 for making fraudulent robocalls in the 2009 gubernatorial election. Among Republicans, Kevin Collins plead guilty, paid a $1000 fine and received a year on probation for violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act with a fraudulent robo call in a 2009 legislative primary. More serious charges against Collins were dropped in plea negotiations.
Eck would be advised not to rely too much on the Bellew Brigade and BTPG. The proceeds of the bake sales and Tikini carwashes might be used for legal fees.