Why didn’t we hire from within the County?
To the Editor:
During the period from 1998 to 2009, Archer & Greiner, PC donated to political campaigns, candidates and or parties a total of $412,500. Within that amount, Fisher, Sweeney, Burzichelli and the >Camden County Democratic Committee benefited from these donations as follows:
Camden County Democratic Committee, $40,250
Sweeney, Burzichelli, Fisher and the Camden County Democratic Committee received a total of $60,350 from Archer & Greiner, PC.
Cumberland County Democratic Committee received a total of $61,500 in donations from Sweeney, Burzichelli, Fisher and the Camden County Democratic Committee. The amount of donations were as follows.
Camden County Democratic Committee, $12,500
I obtained these figures from www.datauniverse.com.
Sweeney, Burzichelli, Fisher and the Camden County Democratic Committee were very generous to the Cumberland County Democratic Committee. They didn’t forget about this part of South Jersey.
They knew that giving money to the Cumberland County Democratic Party was very important. All of them gave a total of $61,500. I wonder why?
According to the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ agenda minutes, dated Jan. 22, 2009, resolution #2009-27, Archer & Greiner were awarded a contract for professional services for eminent domain counsel services.
Did their donations outside of Cumberland County finally start paying them back? Who lobbied to hire this law firm? Was this law firm hired in a desperate moment to benefit past, current and or future candidates for political donations?
We have a multitude of competent lawyers right here in Cumberland County. How come a local law firm wasn’t hired? It is time to hire professionals based on their expertise. If we want to boost the economy within our county, we must keep our money local and hire from outside only when there’s no other alternative.
The citizens of Cumberland County have been kept in the dark for many years! It is a shame that some elected officials are abusing the money which is paid in taxes that we worked so hard to earn. This is one of the reasons why I am running for freeholder.
Sheena Santiago Candidate for
Board of Chosen Freeholders