It is 11:07pm and we have already had 2,040 unique visits to the site today. The site’s clock is an hour behind, so there are still two hours left in the day. This is the first time that we have topped 2,000 hits in one day.
Readers keep on writing in with random insights. Most have to do with pay-to-play. With that topic in mind, since pay-to-play seems to be the driving issue, we will recap some of the best.
According to Lou’s filing of contributions to his non-existent PAC, Adams Rehmann & Heggan, an Engineering Firm donated $5,000 on 02/27/2009. This date coincided with the freeholder board selecting an engineering firm via a no-bid contract. Was this donation an attempt to gain consideration by the freeholder board?
Our source tells us a round of layoffs at the engineering firm of Adams, Rehmann & Heggan has led to the closure of its Mercerville office. The firm, which has its corporate headquarters in Hammonton, did surveying work from its offices in Mervcerville. The company is still in operation in Hammonton. Isn’t it interesting that economic factors cause the firm to close some doors and we would assume delete some positions; and yet they have enough money to contribute to Lou Magazzu’s NACo campaign, which would benefit them in no way whatsoever.
As we investigate this firm we find connections to the New Frontier Committee PAC, now under scrutiny.
“As we suspected from the beginning, it appears the New Frontier PAC was nothing more than a front for Rick Perr and Jeff Meyer (former AR&H employee) to conduct a pay-to-play scheme,” Russell said. “Knowing it was a blatant violation of state campaign finance laws for him to officially chair the PAC, Rick Perr ordered his puppets to form the PAC and then ran it from behind the scenes. We will be calling for a full investigation by (the state Election Law Enforcement Commission) into Perr’s involvement while we determine whether there were any potential criminal violations committed.”
Burlington County Republicans began criticizing the New Frontier Committee last month after news reports revealed it had donated several thousand dollars to the campaign of Democrat Peter Cammarano III, who resigned as Hoboken’s mayor amid allegations he accepted $25,000 in bribes – through a middleman – from an FBI informant.