Charge: Illegal PAC funds Zimmer’s slate
Improper relationship uncovered between candidates & PAC,
Delea charges Mayor & her council slate blatantly violated election laws
It’s against the law for City Council candidates to be coordinating campaigns with PACs, but that appears to be exactly what Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s slate is doing in Hoboken.
Fifth ward council candidate Scott Delea unveiled a detailed complaint to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission and State Attorney General’s office outlining allegedly illegal actions by Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s “Move Hoboken Ahead” Political Action Committee, it’s principals and endorsed candidates.
Election laws specifically prohibit coordination between candidates and a Continuing Political Committee or CPC (a type of PAC).
Delea charges Peter Cunningham’s campaign is illegally coordinating with a recently launched CPC known as Move Hoboken Ahead (aka MHA). Delea notes MHA has performed a number of activities to the exclusive benefit of Mr. Cunningham and the team of council candidates he’s aligned with, including paying for polling, a city-wide mailer and website that links to the candidates’ sites.
“With his actions, Councilman Cunningham demonstrates disregard for New Jersey campaign finance laws in order to benefit his reelection campaign. He uses the City Council dais as a bully pulpit to preach reform, but his actions outside of those meetings speak louder than words. This is just the latest example where he has broken the people’s trust by saying one thing and doing another.”– Independent 5th ward candidate Scott DeLea
Kurta, Greaney, Pinchevsky & Giattino also implicated in filing
The CPC’s ELEC filings show Cunningham and his running mates Eric Kurta, Tom Greaney, Rami Pinchevsky and Jennifer Giattino each contributed $1,000 to start MHA. Delea notes from the time the CPC was formed until nearly a month later virtually 100% of the contributions to the CPC came from these candidates alone.
The only activity reported by the CPC during this period was an in-kind donation made to Cunningham and the other candidates in the form of a campaign poll. Cunningham does not list the in-kind contribution on his ELEC reports as he is required to do by law.
“Cunningham’s exclusion of the in-kind donation is further proof he is trying to hide his ties to this CPC. If the current Councilman put as much effort into building parks, cutting taxes, and preventing flooding as he does to playing politics we would have been able to move the Ward forward rather than incur the 100% tax increase he forced on our taxpayers in the four years he has been in office.”– Scott DeLea
So far MHA has sent out one city-wide mailer on behalf of the candidates it is NOT supposed to be coordinating with, and is expected to send as many as three more before election day May 10th.
Have Drew Moss and Forde Prigot committed perjury?
The legal front men for MHA are Chairman Andrew “Drew” Moss and Treasurer Forde Prigot. Moss is also the Treasurer of Dawn Zimmer’s campaigns, and has been since she first ran in 2007. Prigot is a Zimmer-appointed member of the Library Board who spends much of his life on the Internet spreading lies about her political opposition.
In signing the ELEC forms, Moss and Prigot swear under oath that they certify “no candidate will have direct or indirect control over the political activities of Move Hoboken Ahead” which, if fully investigated by State Attorney General Paula Dow, could lead to perjury charges.
Prigot is also one of 1st ward candidate Eric Kurta’s political street soliders. Kurta – who ironically made a career out of pointing out the ELEC violations of others – now appears to be smack dab in the middle of one of the largest ELEC violation cases in Hoboken electoral history.