Our guest writer, Haystacks Calhoun, has written this in-depth analysis of the current financial wranglings of the current election:
As Election Day approaches, I have taken a careful look at funding received so far by the Democratic (Joe Pepitone/Nelson Thompson) and Republican (Sam Fiocchi/Carl Kirstein) campaigns, as well as the Cumberland County Democratic Organization (CCDO) and the Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization (CCRRO) (Question: Why is “regular” in the organization’s name? It’s nice they’re regular, as opposed to irregular, but I don’t think the rest of us need to know that.). The totals I provide here are based on formal reports submitted to ELEC through Oct. 15.
Fundraising to Date
To date, Pepitone/Thompson have raised $38,100 for the primary election and $46, 600 for the general election, for a grand total of $84,700. The CCDO began the year with $7,343 on hand and has raised $40,550 this year for a total of $47, 893. Fiocchi and Kirstein raised <$4,000 for the primary (the figure is inexact as reporting on amounts is limited when the amount is <$4,000) and $28,729 for a total of no more than $32,729. The CCRRO began the year with $1,079 on hand and has raised $71,358 for a total $73, 277. Combining the funds raised by the campaigns with those of their respective parties and the Ds have $132,593 and the Rs $106,006. Thus, to date the Ds have a $26,587 advantage.
Last year at this time, the D’s campaigns (Magazzu/Sjogren, Thompson) had raised $99,406 and the CCDO had $130,766 for a total of $230,172, while the Rs’ campaigns (Sheppard/Tonetta, Fiocchi) had raised 73,372 and the CCRRO had 97,795 for a total of 171,167. Thus, last year at this time, the Ds had raised $97, 579 more than they have raised this year, while the Rs had raised $65,161 more last year. It is important to note that last year was a gubernatorial election year (as well state legislators) and this no doubt drove the higher numbers for the party organizations. Nonetheless, it is clear that this year, while the Ds continue to out raise the Rs, the margin of difference is much closer ($26,587 as opposed to $59,905). Of course, much more money will pour in on both sides from now until Election Day; thus, these numbers must be taken with a grain of salt.
Contributions Coming from Outside the County
The Ds have often been criticized for accepting a lot of money from outside the County. To address this, I have identified all personal, business, and political organization (sans the Cumberland County Republican and Democratic Organizations) as either being local (i.e., in the County) or non-local for the two campaigns. I did not categorize unions, since they may be non-local address-wise but represent a number of local citizens; furthermore, it is impossible to track exactly where the money came from (i.e., local or non-local). The results are striking. This year the Pepitone/Thompson campaigns has received $25,100 from personal contributions and 30,200 from business contributions. Of these $11,600 (46%) of personal contributions were non-local and $22,800 (75%) of the business contributions were also non-local. Furthermore another $6,000 from extra county political organizations (i.e., Sweeney For Freeholder, Mantua Township Democratic Organization) has also been received.
Compare this with the Kirstein/Fiocchi campaign, where 0% of the personal ($11,162) and business ($330) contributions are from non-local sources. To be fair, the Rs have more contributions of $300 or less ($11,915-$15,915) than the Ds ($3,200) and these are not reported and cannot be traced as local or non-local. Also the Rs’ campaign (at least so far) has gotten more direct support from the CCRRO than the D’s campaign has gotten from the CCDO. However, contributions to the CCRRO, except for a few union contributions ($1,270) and non-traceable $28,240 contributions of $300 or less, are from local sources as well.
There has also been a lot of scuttlebutt that the unions have been abandoning the Ds. To address this, I have compared the unions’ contributions of this year with those of last year (running through mid-October). Table 1 shows the union contributions to either the Ds’ campaigns or the CCDO for this year (through Oct. 15) and last year. While I wouldn’t place much stock in the differences in amounts (last year being a state election year; this year’s data being incomplete), it is striking to see the number of union groups that have not yet given to the Ds this year. Of the 27 groups that gave to the Ds last year, 14 (52%) have given nothing so far this year. Most notable is the near abandonment of the unions that represent government workers. Couple this with the fact that the Rs actually have received (through contributions to CCRRO) some money ($1,270) from union groups (e.g., NJ Law Enforcement PAC, NJ Law Enforcement Commanding Officers, NJ State Firemen’s Benevolent Assoc., Vineland-Buena PBA), and the Ds have reason to be quite concerned.
Any careful scrutiny of campaign contributions produces a few WTF?! findings and this one is no different. Below are my two “favorites.”
1. What are the odds?!
Personal contributions to campaigns should come from those who believe in the candidates. That’s why I have (rarely) chosen to give to a candidate’s campaign. Given this assumption, I must conclude that a remarkable coincidence took place on 8 June 2010. On this date ten people, not from this county, Kirk Applegate, L. Jarred Corn, Richard Culbertson, John Dailey, Joseph Hoffmann, James Miles Jr., Todd Saler, Nina Sorello, Michael Welding, and Harry Wills, all chose to give $500 to the Pepitone/Thompson campaign. Now it is remarkable enough that ten people all chose to give the same amount on the same day. But wait! There’s more! They all work for the same accounting firm: Bowman & Company, LLP from Voorhees, New Jersey! What are the odds?!
2. Who goes there?
In the Pepitone/Thompson report submitted to ELEC on 4 Oct. there is this contribution cited: “MTDEC, Inc. (corporation), 124 Barnsboro Rd. Sewell, NJ.” I hate cryptic acronyms and looked into this, and found out that this “corporation” that gave to Pepitone/Thompson’s campaign is actually the Mantua Township Democratic Executive Committee!
As an independent Democrat, I can think of no good reason for supporting the Democratic freeholder ticket for Cumberland County. Nearly half (46%) of the campaign’s personal contributions come from outside the County and 75% of their business contributions are from outside the County. Furthermore, they still get windfalls from other Ds outside the County, such as Sweeney ($5,000); and the Mantua Township Democratic Executive Committee ($1,000). In a nutshell, they are dependent on outside sources for their income (a form of welfare, if you will), the people whom they actually represent in Cumberland County showing little to no enthusiasm for their campaign. Furthermore, even some of this support has eroded, many of the unions choosing (so far at least) not to pony up the dough.
This analysis begs the question: “If they have no support, then how do they win?” And it can only be concluded that they rely on the poor. The poor cannot contribute financially but they can vote, especially when the buses come rolling into their neighborhoods. However, the local Ds don’t represent the poor so much as they take advantage of them. Do the poor really have it better off in our county than other counties? I don’t think so. This tactic by the Ds must be broken. If it successful again, then their strategy will be: “Let’s keep the County poor because it wins us elections. In fact, let’s get more poor people here because that will strengthen our base.”
If the above sounds too cynical, think again. So far this campaign, they have dragged someone into the election (Greco) who isn’t running. Furthermore, their lack of a moral compass allows them to take ten “personal” contributions for the same amount, on the same day, from people who work for the same out of county company. Such personal contributions may be legal but they clearly game the system. Also, let’s not forget their use of acronymic camouflage of “MTDEC, Inc” to hide the contribution from an outside political organization.
For God’s sake get out and vote on Tuesday.
Table 2. TOTALS FROM “EFO Thompsons & Pepitone for Freeholders
NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION Employer AMOUNT ($) ELECTION PERSONAL Spindler , Barry Bridgeton Insurance Agent Bollinger Insurance, Short Hills 3,000 Primary Spindler , Barry Bridgeton Insurance Agent Bollinger Insurance, Short Hills 3,000 General Cappelli, Louis Woodbury Attorney Florio, Parruci, et al., LLC 2,000 General Pirolli , Michael A. Bridgeton Attorney Michael Pirolli, Millville 2,000 General Bucknam, Robert W. Hammonton Attorney Archer & Greiner PC 1,300 General Kizner, Mitchell Vineland Attorney Flaster, Greenberg 1,000 General Pirolli , Michael A. Bridgeton Attorney Michael Pirolli, Millville 1,000 Primary Robinson, Arnold Millville Attorney Robinson, Andubar, LLC 1,000 General Salmon, Edward H. Bridgeton Consultant Salmon Ventures, Millville 1,000 General Applegate , Kirk N. Stratford CPA Bowman & Co., LLP, Voorhees 500 Primary Balicki , Robert M. [Warden] Millville [Corrections] [Cumberland County] 500 Primary Belland , Mark Pilesgrove Twp. (Salem) Attorney Mark Belland, Cherry Hill 500 Primary Bionde, William A. Vineland Insurance Agent Bionde Insurance 500 General Corn , L. Jarred Voorhees CPA Bowman & Co., LLP, Voorhees 500 Primary Culbertson , Richard W. Jr. Cherry Hill CPA Bowman & Co., LLP, Voorhees 500 Primary Dailey , John F. Voorhees CPA Bowman & Co., LLP, Voorhees 500 Primary Embden, Florence Millville Homemaker NA 500 General Frankle, Norman Jr. Port Elizabeth None None 500 General Gibson , Lisa Marlton [Not indicated.] [Not indicated.] 500 Primary Hoffmann , Joseph Berlin CPA Bowman & Co., LLP, Voorhees 500 Primary Jones, Albert Millville Work Leader Atlantic City Electric 500 General Long , Douglas Woodbury Attorney Long Marmero & Assoc. , LLP, Woodbury 500 Primary Miles., James J. Jr Erial CPA Bowman & Co., LLP, Voorhees 500 Primary Russell, Brock Cape May Point Attorney Self-employed, Millville 500 General Saler , Todd S. Sicklerville CPA Bowman & Co., LLP, Voorhees 500 Primary Sampoli, Louis Westmont Attorney Self-employed, Blackwood 500 General SorellE , Nina S. Mickleton CPA Bowman & Co., LLP, Voorhees 500 Primary Welding , Michael J. Mullica Hill CPA Bowman & Co, LLP., Voorhees 500 Primary Wills , Harry P. Somerdale (Camden) CPA Bowman & Co., LLP, Voorhees 500 Primary Witt, Fran National Park Architect Joseph F. Mckernon, Cherry Hill 500 General Packman, Stephen Haddonfield Attorney Archer & Greiner PC 300 General TOTAL 25,100 Local 13,500 Non-Local 11,600 BUSINESSES T&M Assoc. Red Bank Engineers NA 7,800 General Adams, Rehmann, & Heggan Assoc. Inc. Hammonton Engineers NA 4,000 General Romano, Hearing Testa & Knorr PC Vineland CPA NA 3,200 General Adams, Rehmann, & Heggan Assoc. Inc. Hammonton Engineers NA 2,500 Primary Archer & Greiner, PC Haddonfield Law firm NA 2,000 Primary Correctional Health Services Inc Brentwood, TN Healthcare NA 2,000 General Archer & Greiner, PC Haddonfield Law firm NA 1,000 General Consulting Engineer Services Sewell Engineers NA 1,000 General Romano, Hearing Testa & Knorr PC Vineland CPA NA 1,000 Primary Whibco, Inc. Bridgeton Sand Mining NA 1,000 General Aulfto Painting Inc. Minotola Painting NA 500 General Bach Associates Haddon Heights Engineers NA 500 General Fralinger Engineering PA Bridgeton Engineers NA 500 Primary Fralinger Engineering PA Bridgeton Engineers NA 500 General French & Parrello (Corporation) Wall Twp. Engineers NA 500 Primary Greyhawk Moorestown Construction NA 500 General Joseph F. McKernan Jr. RA Cherry Hill Architects NA 500 Primary Whibco, Inc. Bridgeton Sand Mining NA 500 Primary Miletta Brothers Cedarville [Contracting] NA 350 Primary S&J Machinery Cedarville [Not indicated] NA 350 Primary TOTALS 30,200 Local 7400 Non-Local 22,800 UNIONS District Council 711 PAC Fund Egg Harbor Painting etc. NA 5,200 Primary CWA Local 1036 CPC Account West Trenton Government workers NA 2,500 Primary NJ State Laborers PAC Monroe Twp. Government workers NA 2,000 Primary BAC Administrative District Council of NJ Bordentown Bricklayers, Allied Craft workers NA 1,000 Primary Ironworker Local Union #350 PAF Ventnor City (Atlantic) Ironwork NA 1,000 Primary NJ Regional Council of Carpenters Non Partisan Political Education Committee Edison Carpenters 1,000 Primary Plumbers & Pipefitters LU No. 9 PAC Englishtown Plumbing NA 1,000 General Sheet Metal Workers LU #27 PAC Farmingdale Metal work NA 1,500 General Cement Masons Local 592 PAC Philadelphia Masonry NA 500 General Hospital Professionals & Allied Employees Fund Emerson Healthcare workers NA 500 General Insulators Local #89 Trenton Insulators NA 500 Primary IUPAT Local 1331 Glassboro Painters etc. NA 500 General TOTALS 17,200 POLITICAL Sweeney for Freeholder
Mullica Hill (Gloucester) NA NA 5,000 Primary M[antua] T[ownship] D[emocratic] E[xecutive] C[ommittee] 124 Barnsboro Road NA NA 1000 General TOTALS 6000 CONTRIBUTIONS LESS THAN $300 NA NA NA 200 Primary 3000 General
Table 3. Total Contributions to Fiocchi & Kirstein for Freeholder
NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION Employer AMOUNT ($) ELECTION PERSONAL Swanson, Robert Vineland Retired NA 4,000 (IK) General Facemyer, Gregory Bridgeton CPA Self-employed 1,912 (IK) General Woodruff, J. Alan Bridgeton Retired NA 1,500 General Livingston, Justus Bridgeton Retired NA 1,000 General Milam, Mary Vineland Retired NA 1,000 General Soos, Andrew J. Jr. Bridgeton Retired NA 1,000 General Cooper, Paul Bridgeton Retired NA 400 General Hemple, David Bridgeton CEO Century Savings Bank 350 General TOTALS 11,162 Local 11,162 Non-Local 0 BUSINESSES Fralinger Engineering Bridgeton Engineers NA 330 General TOTALS 330 Local 330 Non-Local 0 POLITICAL Cumberland County Republican Org. Bridgeton NA NA 5664 (IK) General TOTALS 5664 (IK) CONTRIBUTIONS LESS THAN $300 NA NA NA >4000 Primary 11915 General TOTALS >15,915
Table 4. Total Contributions to Cumberland County Democratic Organization
NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION Employer AMOUNT ($) PERSONAL Robinson, Arnold Millville Attorney Self-employed 4200 Kavanagh, Brendan Millville Attorney [Kavanagh, Kavanagh, Dilazzero] 2000 Guiodarini, David Vineland Owner Briotz 1500 Quinn, James Millville President Quinn Broadcasting 1500 McCann, Kevin Bridgeton Attorney Chance & McCann 1500 Fiorani, Harry Bridgeton Real Estate Equitable Realty & Insurance 1000 Spindler, Barry Bridgeton Insurance Bollinger Insurance 1000 Long, Douglas Woodbury Attorney Long & Marmero, LLP 1000 Simmerman, Gary Bridgeton Retired NA 1000 Biondi, A. William Vineland President Biondi Insurance 500 Guerner, Phil Franklinville VP Pure Earth Recycling 500 Marion, Sandra Winslow VP ENR Contracting 500 Duffy, Edward Vineland Attorney Self-employed 500 Errickson, George S. Millville Manager Delaware River and Bay Authority 500 Friedman, Harvey Bridgeton Retired NA 500 Rainear, Don Strathmere [Adminstrator] CCIA 500 McCann, Kevin Bridgeton Attorney Chance & McCann 1000* McCann, Kevin Bridgeton Attorney Chance & McCann 1500* BUSINESSES Lipman, Antonelli, Batt, Gibson Vineland Law NA 500 Sun Bancorp Vineland Banking NA 500 UNIONS UA Local Union 322 Plumbers and Pipefitters PAC Winslow Plumbing NA 3000 Iron Workers Local 399 PAC Westville Ironwork NA 2600 Laborers Local 172 Trenton Laborers NA 2000 DC 711 PAC Egg Harbor Painting etc NA 2000 IUPAT DC 21 PAC Philadelphia Painters 1500 BAC Administrative DC PAC Bordentown Bricklayers etc NA 1000 NJ Council of Carpenters Non-Partisan PAC Edison Carpentry NA 1000 POLITICAL Jo. L. Pearson EBO DON PAC Bridgeton NA 500 Contributions of $300 or Less NA NA NA 5750
Table 5. Contributions to Cumberland County Republican Organization
NAME ADDRESS OCCUPATION Employer AMOUNT ($) PERSONAL Facemyer, Gregory J. Bridgeton CPA Self-employed 11,706* Swift, James Millville Attorney Self-employed 10,932* Kirstein, Carl Bridgeton Retired NA 4,635 Baker, Richard Buena Retired NA 1,580 Litwack, Robert Bridgeton Attorney Self-employed 1,265 Surdam, Walter Avalon CEO Caem Glass Inc 1,100 Marchand, Arthur Bridgeton Attorney Self-employed 900 Bertacchi, Louise T. Millville Retired NA 700 Carson, Ruth Vineland Insurance Self-employed 675 Tonetta, Richard Vineland Attorney Self-employed 675 Zerella, Henry Vineland Attorney Self-employed 650 Ruiz-Mesa, Mario Vineland Insurance Self-employed 520 Sheppard, Thomas Cedarville Co-Owner Sheppard Farms 515 Loyle, Charles Vineland Retired NA 510 Woodruff, J. Alan Bridgeton Retired NA 510 Consalo, Mildred Vineland Retired NA 500 D’Arrigo, Chris Bridgeton Attorney Self-employed 500 Harper, Mary Anne Bridgeton Chief of Staff U.S. House of Representatives 500 Davis, Joan Bridgeton Retired NA 450 Swanson, Charles Vineland Retired NA 450 Shewlakow, Stanley Millville Retired NA 430 Sauro, Susan Vineland [Businesswoman] Sauro Water Care 425 Sawyers, Ned Vineland Real Estate Self-employed 425 D’Arrigo, Cos Bridgeton Attorney Self-employed 400 Scarpa, Anthony Vineland Retired NA 400 Fiocchi, Samuel L. Sr. Vineland Retired NA 375 Bealey, James B. Bridgeton Petrol Sales Hough Petroleum 367 Drastal, Louis A. Vineland Retired NA 340 Ferus, Troy B. Vineland Retired NA 330 Gana, Francis Vineland Retired NA 330 Albrecht, Douglas Vineland [Businessman] Bob Albrecht Tire & Service 325 Verderose, Alfred Vineland Attorney Self-employed 325 Fiocchi, Donald Vineland Retired NA 320 Noto, Gerald Vineland Retired NA 250 Silva, Jose Jr. Vineland Attorney Self-employed 130 BUSINESSES Arthritis Rheumatology Assoc of SJ Vineland Healthcare NA 5,100 Century Savings Bank Vineland Banking NA 840 Sun Bancorp Vineland Banking NA 675 Freitag Funeral Home Bridgeton Funeral Services NA 650 Giordano’s Recycling Vineland Recycling NA 600 DeRossi & Son Vineland [Clothing Co.] NA 550 Basile & Testa PA Vineland Attorneys NA 450 Briatz, Inc. Vineland [Alcohol beverages retail] NA 450 AMK Glass Inc. Vineland [Manufacturing] NA 400 Pampered Pup Kennels Millville Kennels NA 158 UNIONS NJ Law Enforcement PAC Fairton Law Enforcement NA 500 NJ Law Enforcement Commanding Officers Fairton Law Enforcement NA 400 NJ State Firemen’s Benevolent Assoc. Rahway Firefighting NA 250 Vineland Buena PBA 266 Vineland Law Enforcement NA 120 NONPROFIT American Legion Vineland NA 100 POLITICAL LoBiondo for Congress Marmora NA NA 688 Bridgeton Election Committee Bridgeton NA NA 322 Contributions of $300 or Less NA NA NA 28,240