I received this in my inbox this afternoon, concerning Lou Magazzu protege and oft-times co-conspirator in bilking the public out of our money, Al Kelly.
Non-profit organization’s vice president engages in political activities during work hours on behalf of candidate
Bridgeton – After reading about an employee of the non-profit Tri-County Community Action Partnership sending at least two emails during the organization’s normal business hours on behalf of a mayoral candidate Bridgeton Mayor James Begley said the matter raises some “serious issues.”
The News of Cumberland County recently reported that Tri-County Community Action Partnership’s Vice President of Planning, Michael Cudemo, has sent at least two emails from Tri-County’s computers during normal business hours on behalf of mayoral candidate Al Kelly.
“I was surprised to read that an employee of Tri-County was doing campaign work during normal business hours,” Mayor James Begley said. “Even more surprising is the fact that Mr. Cudemo told the paper that Al Kelly asked him for his thoughts on one of the two letters sent.”
Begley added, “By involving Mr. Cudemo in his campaign during normal business hours Al Kelly has placed the 501(c)(3) status of a good organization in serious jeopardy.”
Tri-County falls under the national Community Action Partnership organization which is a 501(c)(3) organization. According to the Internal Revenue Service’s website, “all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.”
“For Al Kelly, or any person at Tri-County, to direct any employee to send political emails signed city council president or candidate for mayor from Tri-County computers during normal business hours is wrong,” Begley said. “It raises serious questions about what happens behind closed doors at Tri-County.”
Begley asked, “How many other political emails have gone through the Tri-County computer system? Has Al Kelly been using staff to review his political communications throughout his political career or is this something new? Are they trying to create their own mini ACORN?”
“We have a credible, respected news source that has reported on political activities practiced within the walls of this non-profit,” Begley stated. “Tri-County’s vice president clearly stated in that news report that he was asked to review a political communication by Al Kelly, a member of city council and candidate for mayor. Mr. Kelly’s actions have put Tri-County’s future in serious jeopardy.”
“Mr. Kelly has to quickly decide how to save Tri-County’s reputation,” Begley said. “As this news spreads people are going to start asking questions. It looks like he has two choices, he can either step down as Tri-County’s president and CEO and remove himself from the board of directors of the national Community Action Partnership or he can drop his campaign.”
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