ELEC Reporting Lacks Transparency

NJ ELEC needs to improve its service to the citizens of New Jersey

By Harold V. Kane

Harold V. Kane

The print and electronic media have, since last September, shone a spotlight on the Middlesex County Democrats fundraising activities. The Democrats established a number of Political Action Committees designed to subvert the 2006 changes to the NJ election finance laws. The question arises-why did they think that they could get away with it, when all contributions are reported to the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission. One answer could be because of a flaw in the ELEC computer program. The ELEC program is, at best, difficult to use. However once persons making queries understands how the programs work, then they also determine that all contributions and expenditures are there, somewhere. Even the administrators/treasurers for the Democrat PACs dutifully complied with the reporting requirements.

The ELEC reporting program offers a category of “Simple Search by Contributor”. When a user clicks on this category a page opens that states: “The Simple Search will search the campaign finance database for a contributor to campaigns, Political Party Committees, Legislative Leadership Committees and Political Action Committees.” Except that it doesn’t!

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Posted: May 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Harold Kane | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on ELEC Reporting Lacks Transparency

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 »