Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy, facing accusations that his campaign sought to circumvent campaign finance rules at a fundraiser Wednesday, is returning all of the money raised at the event.
Josh Henne, a spokesman for the Healy campaign, said though the campaign "always follows both the letter and the spirit of the law... Healy has already instructed his finance team to return any money raised last night."
According to the invitation, the fundraiser was hosted by MBI Gluck Shaw lobbyists Paul Bontempo and Rudy Garcia and Verizon Vice President of Government Affairs Uli Diaz. It was held at the Cedar Grove home of Jose "Pepi" Garcia, according to the invitation to the Feb. 27 event.
The invitation asked supporters for a $1,000 donation and gave the option to donate directly to the Healy campaign or to "For New Jersey Families," an independent expenditure committee. The invitation clearly outlined that donating to the committee meant "no limits - no pay to play."
Under campaign finance law, independent expenditure groups may not coordinate with a campaign, said state Election Law Enforcement Commission Executive Director Jeff Brindle, who was speaking generally and not about the specific fundraiser.
The group was formed Jan. 30 by Rich Torraca, a state Democratic operative. Torraca did not return a call or email for comment.
Early Thursday, Henne said the campaign had no knowledge of the invitation. Later, he issued a statement saying the money would be returned.
Healy is known to have attended the fundraiser and the invitation has the required "Paid for by Team Healy 2013" line.
Bontempo, who is president and director of MBI Gluck Shaw, did not return a call for comment. Diaz also did not return a call for comment.
In his capacity as head of the Republican Governors' Association, Gov. Chris Christie went to Chicago tonight to help the canddiacy of Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.Read More >
After 'briefly' meeting with Christie in Aspen, Astorino says he can live with not having Christie's help New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's campaign described their candidate's fundraising trip to Aspen last night as a success - even if they will not be depending on the chairman...
By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >
"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.