The Media picks up on NACo-Gate

Finally the Press of Atlantic City and the Daily Journal covered NACo-Gate in a fair and unbiased manner. Between the two articles they cover most of the basic facts, and give both sides of the story.

To put it in a nutshell, Dan Walsh writes:

To raise money for his campaign, Magazzu turned in many cases to businesses that work for Cumberland County government or within the county. For example, Fralinger Engineering, of Hopewell Township, gave $5,000, as did Goodman Properties, the developer of a major shopping center in Millville.

Magazzu also secured $11,000 combined from Gov. Jon S. Corzine and Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney, D-Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland. In his role as county Democratic chairman, Magazzu approved loaning $10,000 of his party’s money to his NACo campaign.

And it is the appearance of impropriety, and the appearance that our county is up for sale to the highest bidder that has us most concerned. Joe Smith writes:

Republicans and the Independent Leaders (a slate of former Democratic freeholders) have been hitting the financing as an example of improper, if not illegal, fundraising. They argue that, at the minimum, it creates an appearance that access to county government could be for sale.

To be certain, the whole thing does fall into a gray area. Since NACo is not a political campaign, it is not governed by ELEC. however, the CCDO is a political entity that is governed by ELEC, and it does not appear that it is within the rules to use campaign donations to give a personal loan to the chair of the party.

Furthermore, the $81,000 in gifts to Magazzu were never declared, which is an infraction of federal laws. Nor was mention was made of gifts and expenditures that occurred last year, prior to the Cumberland County Ethics Code being changed for the sole purpose of aiding Lou Magazzu in his NACo run.

There are so many unanswered questions, including who signed the $10,000 check to Lou? Who approved that loan? It wasn’t Brendan Kavaugh, as Lou Magazzu claims. Lou Magazzu said “Campaign chair Brendan Kavanaugh approved the loan”. the problem is that the loan was made almost a month and a half BEFORE Kavanaugh held that position.

However, Lou’s answer to these allegations is part true.

“The average person doesn’t care about NACo,” Magazzu said. “They care about jobs. They care about taxes.”

Yes, indeed. The average voter does care about taxes, and about how their county property taxes have almost doubled under Magazzu in the past six years. The average person does care about employment, and Cumberland County’s 13% unemployment rate. They care about Nelson Thompson’s unions hiring Camden County and Philadelphia people for Cumberland County jobs. So take it from Lou himself, don’t pay attention to NACo, pay attention to what he has done with your property taxes, and what he has done about jobs.


13 Responses to The Media picks up on NACo-Gate

  1. abondroit says:

    The Daily Journal’s editorial also writes that Lord Lou did nothing wrong in raising funds for his run for the Naco office. If the County Democratic Org. check for $10,000 to Lord Lou himself is not called embezzlement, then someone needs to apologize to the former treasurer of the Union Lake Sailing and Tennis Club who is serving time in jail for doing the same thing. The Daily Journal is a most disappointing newspaper.

  2. Guess-Who says:

    This is a Quote by Lou Magazzu that is in the Press;
    ” Magazzu said of his political opponents. “They don’t have any facts. They have a couple of ideas. But they can’t come up with anything to stick.”

    This is for Any Candidate running for Freeholder in Cumberland County.
    Have Lou Magazzu Produce the Receipt Today for the $210.00 Paid to Travis Horne on 11-19-07 & What He(Travis Horne) Did in the form of Services for Lou Magazzu’s NACo Campaign!

    Lou U can Post it Here on or turn IT over to the PRESS Today as it is 10-29-09.
    Lou Everyone is Waiting for U to Produce this Receipt…

    Lou Magazzu, Hope u still Have IT, now U had IT back on 9-04-09 when U released your Information on this Date about your FAILED NACo Campaign.
    U know the one in which U; Lou Magazzu QUIT before the VOTES were even TALLIED!
    If U could QUIT before the Actual VOTE for 2nd Vice Prez of a Non-Profit group known as NACo.
    This after U had Raised/Solicited $81,000 from Individuals & Businesses throughout the North East that are NOT even Cumberland County Residents or Local Business Owners.

    Here is another tune for ur crue Miles to Listen to at HQ while they’re L{.}{.}King for that RECEIPT,
    Linkin Park is the Band & the Tune/Song is New Divide.

    The Facts are What about this $210.00 for Travis Horne?

    Oh-yea 1 Last thing Check out this Video on utube done by T.BobMcCoy on 10-09-07 at the end of the Video it says Lou Magazzu Treasure

    Checks & Balance make the County a Better Place

  3. tryagain1 says:

    It’s because he did

  4. Byelou says:

    Lou didn’t quit before the vote. Two states wouldn’t even let his name come before the NACo members to allow him to be on the ballot. That’s a whole lot more humiliating than running and losing an election. They wouldn’t let him be on the ballot. That’s why everyone in Nashville thought it was hilarious that poor Lou packed up his suite, with all of his cronies, and flew home, to New Jersey, with all of his NACo campaign money, whereabouts unknown.
    If this isn’t a chapter in the sequel to “The Soprano State”, someone doesn’t have a sense of humor.

  5. Guess-Who says:

    What does this mean”It’s because he did”
    He did What?
    It is that Simple,again can u Tell Us all;
    What did he (Travis)DO for the NACo Campaign?

    Checks & Balance make the County a Better Place

  6. Guess-Who says:

    Here is the Link for the Winner of the 2nd Vice President of NACo at the National Conference Nashville,TN:

    Here is another Link to CCOA or the County Commissioners of Ohio:

    Enjoy reading what the WINNER has to SAY about his VICTORY!

    Checks & Balance make the County a Better Place

  7. Guess-Who says:

    Lou Magazzu, What did Travis Horne do for your NACo Campaign?
    He was Paid $210.00 on 11-19-07

  8. Guess-Who says:

    Still waiting for that RECEIPT!

  9. abondroit says:

    Ethics count. Vote the bums out.

  10. Guess-Who says:

    What is the WORD on what Travis Horne did for Lou Magazzu’s NACo Campaign?

    Anyone know what type of Work he(Travis) did for Lou Magazzu’s Failed NACo attempt?

    Lou Magazzu Listed his Name as RECEIVING Payment of $210.00,He does NOT mention What IT was PAID for when Lou RELEASED the Information about the NACo Campaign!

    Did Cumberland County CHANGE the Ethics Code(Rules) back on 2-26-09, WHY?

    Checks & Balance make the County a Better Place

  11. gorgon says:

    Guess Who. You are killing me. What the F did Travis Horne do? If you know just say it already.

  12. tryagain1 says:

    What is the Greco story? Only 3 days left to see if the Republicans come clean with the TRUTH! Let the VOTERS know the TRUTH and let them judge whether the story is relevant?

  13. AMUSED says:

    What is the Nacogate Magazzu story? Only 3 days left to see if Magazzu comes clean with the TRUTH! ELECT CHRISTY, PETERSON AND SWIFT for ETHICAL CHANGE…COLUMN E!

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