Thursday, March 30, 2006

THE CHAIRMAN'S RESPONSE


Monmouth County Republican Organization
16 West Main Street
Freehold, New Jersey 07728
732-431-6664
Fax No. 732-431-6619
http://www.monmouthrepublican.org/

Fredrick P. Niemann, Chairman
March 30, 2006
Friends, Local, County and State Elected Officials, Municipal Chairmen
and Chairwomen and Members of the Monmouth County Republican
Committee:
WE EITHER RAISE MONEY LEGALLY OR SURRENDER
MONMOUTH COUNTY TO THE DEMOCRATS. I WILL NEVER
UNILATERALLY DISARM AND SURRENDER OUR PARTY TO THE
DEMOCRATS.
I AM CALLING ON SENATOR KARCHER AND ASSEMBLYMAN
PANTER TO JOIN THE MONMOUTH COUNTY REPUBLICAN
PARTY IN POSTING AND PASSING COMPREHENSIVE ELECTION
REFORM LEGISLATION ... INCLUDING PUBLIC FINANCING AND
SPENDING LIMITS ON STATE AND COUNTY CAMPAIGNS.
In 2004, Monmouth County Democrats spent nearly $750,000.00
in an attempt to elect a sheriff and two freeholders. They failed. In 2005,
New Jersey Democrats spent nearly 4.5 million dollars in Monmouth
County, to elect two(2) freeholders and ten (10)assembly candidates. They
failed again. In fact, in the two weeks preceding the November 8, 2005
election, Monmouth County Democrats wheeled in $256,000.00 from
PAC’S, PPC’S and other political entities.
Just a few examples:
1. $25,000. Local Union 164
2. $25,000. IBEW
3. $37,000. N.J. Carpenters. Political Education Drive Committee
4. $37,000. Friends of Joe Roberts
5. $25,000. IBEW Local #35, State PAC
6. $30,000. CWA (PAC)
7. $25,000. NYC District Council of Carpenters
The list of examples goes on and on as relates to campaign spending
in the 11th , 12th, and, 13th district assembly races. For example: In the 11th
District Assembly races against Assemblymen Corodemus and Kean.
1. NJAL PAC $42,000.00
2. New Millenium Pac $ 2,600.00
3. Drive Commitee FPAC $ 3,500.00
4. Painters Union PAC $ 2,500.00
Total Contributions...... $80,500.00
From Pac’s etc. in
last two weeks
In the 12th Assembly race against Assemblywoman Beck and Declan
O’Scanlan:
1. Plumbers and Pipe Fitters $ 2,500.00
2. NJ Dental Pac $ 1,500.00
3. NJ Plumbers & Pipe Fitters$ 7,000.00
4. MBNA Pac $ 1,000.00
5. ALTA Legal $ 5,000.00
6. Democrats 2000 Pac $ 1,500.00
7. Bar Local Pac $ 3,000.00
8. Democrat Governors
Association Pac $ 5,200.00
9. NJ Funeral Directors Pac $ 7,500.00
10. New Dem Leadership Pac $ 371,899.00
11. NJEA $ 12,000.00
Total Contributions..... $ 486,399.00

From Pac’s etc. in last
two weeks
Make no mistake about it. New Jersey Democrats are a cash /fundraising
machine. They are poised in 2006 again to spend obscene sums of
money in Monmouth County. We have two choices. Raise money legally or
unilaterally disarm and surrender 50 years of Republican values and
leadership in Monmouth County to our opponents. We cannot do this. I will
not surrender our Party. Instead, it’s time to reform the system.
In 2005, I called for comprehensive election law reform. I called for the
elimination of “loopholes” designed, written and adopted by the Democrats
in Trenton to allow PAC’S, PPC’S and other entities to raise virtually
unlimited funds while crippling Republicans. Last year, I supported public
financing of campaigns, including County Freeholder elections as a means of
bringing sanity and fairness to the election process. My pleas fell on deaf
ears. But, I am not deterred.
Today I have written to Senator Ellen Karcher, Monmouth County’s
ranking Democrat Senator and Assemblyman Michael Panter, Monmouth
County’s ranking Democrat Assemblyman to immediately demand that the
Democrat leadership in Trenton post the bills of Assembly and Senate
Republicans that will bring real and immediate campaign finance reform. It
is time for action, not inaction and excuses.
Today, I have also written to Monmouth County Democrat Chairman
Vic Scudery calling for an immediate person to person meeting to negotiate
and agree upon a campaign spending limit for this years Surrogate and
Freeholder races. This limit will include funding from all sources including
COUNTY COMMITTEES, MPC’S, PPC’S, PAC’S, 527's and all of the
manufactured vehicles used to fund political campaigns. All of our
prospective candidates for office will agree to this proposal if the Democrat
Freeholder candidates and Surrogate candidate agree to join us to limit
campaign spending.
The alternative to meaningful campaign finance reform is the
continuation of obscene spending by New Jersey Democrats and a race by
N.J. Republicans to try and keep up.

WHAT’S AT STAKE!

If Monmouth County Republicans do not raise money to communicate
to the voters about Republican values and the quality of life created by our
Republican elected officials, Monmouth County will fall to the Democrats,
just like Bergen County, Union County, Camden County, Cumberland
County, and reportedly this years target (besides Monmouth County),
Atlantic County. In some cases, N.J. Democrats wheeled in millions of
dollars to buy victories in those counties, generally in the last three (3) weeks
of the campaign Those counties were solidly Republican until they were
crushed by Democrat money and their massive campaign war chests.
Republicans were crippled and became easy targets. All New Jersey
residents are the victims of the tax and spend philosophy of the Democrats in
Trenton.
Finally, our Finance Chairman Josh Elkes has done an outstanding job
raising funds to elect Republicans in our County. Mr. Elkes is a highly
ethical and good man. He has explained to me our fund-raising system,
including the use of legally permissible (PAC’S) and other entities created
under the law. We operate legally under the law. A law that is as complex
as the tax code. We will not knowingly violate the law to raise money. I have
instructed Mr. Elkes to again review our entire fund-raising system, with the
advice of legal counsel. As County Chairman, I intend to become fully
conversant about our financing. In retrospect, it was my responsibility to be
fully informed instead of delegating this obligation to my friend, Josh Elkes.
So you know, our Finance Chair has continuously requested and received
legal advice on how to fund-raise legally. If changes to our fund-raising
methods are necessary or mistakes have been made, they will be immediately
corrected.
I am sorry about the length of this letter but I believe you would
appreciate some perspective in light of the recent stories in the press.
Should you have any questions about the contents of this letter, you
may call me at my office (732) 409-7360 ext. 105 or e-mail me on our County
website, www.MonmouthCountyRepublican.org .
Sincerely yours,
FREDRICK P. NIEMANN
Monmouth County Republican Chairman
FPN/lgu

9 comments:

William H Seward said...

Fred said:

..."This limit will include funding from all sources including
COUNTY COMMITTEES, MPC’S, PPC’S, PAC’S, 527's ".....

Umm, Fred? Are you implying that as party Chairman you would be coordinating with 527'S?

..."Under federal election law, coordination between an election campaign and a 527 group is not allowed. "...

See:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/527_group

Enough already Fred. Stop embarrassing yourself and us all.

GO FRED GO. Please.

Jackie Corley said...

The difference between the IBEW, Dems 2000 PAC and the other Dem PACs Fred listed is that they are STATE PACs not local ones. Scudiery would have as much control over those as Fred would have over the Comm. For Responsibility & Trust in Govt. PAC. (Hmmmm...)

The issue here is that not one but 7 PACs were created in our backyard for the sole purpose of wheeling. And the PACs weren't county-wide PACs as both D's and R's in Monmouth have had in the past. The PACs were municipally located, making them just that much harder to search for, which seems to suggest a deliberate attempt at masking the flow of money.

As long as there are campaigns there will be a need for money. You can throw up as many pay-to-play laws as you like -- smart lawyers and accountants in both parties will find away to get around them.

I agree with Fred on one thing: publicly financed campaigns need to become a reality. When influence can't be bought and sold, how much waste will be swept away in this fine state of ours?

Will the statehouse Dems allow that to happen? I'm thinking no. It would be a worthy moral battle for statehouse Republicans to begin to wage though.

Honest Abe said...

Jackie Corley addressed...
"The issue here is that not one but 7 PACs..."

It may be as many as ten, Jackie. Know anything about the Committee for Sensible Growth, New Millenium Leadership and the Committee for Small Business Development? These all show up on Interlaken's disbursements, getting $100 each on 12/12/05. Each at PO Box 7300 Shrewsbury.

Dan Gallic said...

What the heck is an MPC? There is no such committee provided for under New Jersey or Federal law. Perhaps my boss means, CPC? Uhhh a PPC, CPC and 527 are all forms of PACs. A PAC is not its own form. I think i need to return to the ranch in union county.

Honest Abe said...

There is a New Millenium PAC based in Union City which is Sen. Menendez' PAC. It would appear that New Millenium Leadership is a different PAC, simply one of the Hopler PACs.

RepBlogger said...

Do treasurers receive any compensation?

JIM_PURCELL said...

well, if gallic doesn't need to return to the "ranch," he can always go back to the "compound."

CICERO said...

Dan Gallic, I hardly knew thee. Does this mean one of the "Bunker Boys" have now joined al-qaida? In fairness to the "Chairman" he has admitted little knowledge of the law or the facts relating to campaign finance intricacies. Perhaps by a "MPC" he meant a municipal party committee. You and I know that municipal, county and the State party committees are all PPC's (political party committees). Each municipality can have only one PPC, and certainly a candidate/chairman cannot open two PPC's or a PPC and a CPC(Continuing Political Committee). A Chairman of the County party or a municipal committee cannot control directly or indirectly the activities of a CPC. P.S.:An aside I missed your blogging as either yourself or allegedly Ronald Reagan.As to returning to Union County your travel plans are your own. Ranches in Union County?

hazletres said...

RepBlogger said...
Do treasurers receive any compensation?

Yes, some do. If you would like to know who they are and how much they are collecting go to the online ELEC reports. I found it very interesting.