They are a Washington-based PAC (Political Action Committee) . Specifically, the NJSDC is a 'Leadership PAC'.
What's a 'Leadership PAC'?
A leadership PAC in U.S. politics is a political action committee that can be established by a member of Congress to support other candidates. Under FEC rules, Leadership PACs are non-connected PACs, meaning, they can accept donations from any individual, business or other PACs. While Leadership PAC funds cannot be spent to directly support their sponsor's own campaign (such as mail or ads), they may fund travel, office expenses, consultants, polling and other non-campaign expenses. They can also be used to make contributions to the campaigns of other candidates.
- Larry Stempler is a Beth Mason donor and fundraiser.
- Larry Stempler gave $1,500 to Beth Mason's campaign in 2007.
- Larry Stempler hosted a fundraiser for Mason in 2008.
- Larry Stempler is on the NJDC Board of Directors.
Stinks, doesn't it?
- As a member of the NJDC Board of Directors funneling money to Beth Mason's political campaigns, were NJDC funds used in contributions to Beth Mason?
- What is the NJDC's responsibility to disclose the relationship of the NJDC's Larry Stempler- a Mason donor and fundraiser, when 'condemning' a Mason critic on their blog?
- Did the NJDC receive a donation from Mason or Stempler?
- Was a donation made for planting a ghost-written 'condemnation' linked to a Mason-friendly web tabloid critically timed the night before criminal referrals for election fraud were being handed to the Hudson county prosecutor on Mason's candidate?
Mason celebrates the victory of Hoboken 4th Ward candidate Timothy Occhipiniti the night of Nov. 2, 2010 at Occhipinti campaign headquarters. Criminal referrals for election fraud were handed over from the Board of Elections to the Hudson County prosecutor on Nov 17-- the SAME DAY 'condemnation' of Mason critic appeared on NJDC blog. On Nov 19, these criminal referrals were handed over to he NJ Attorney General's office for a full-blown investigation of election fraud on the Occhipinti campign.
- Or, was it quid pro quo?
- Did Mason/ Stempler donate to an NJDC-supported candidate or NJDC-supported cause?
PACS are shadowy creatures.
Which makes victimization of political enemies easy. I have already apologized for any offense to everyone who was hurt by my artwork; it was a genuine lapse of judgment which I regret and have offered a heartfelt apology for. It's easy to say "I'm sorry" when you are. And I am.
That part of the story is over.
Now we move on to the politics of personal destruction. A wealthy, powerful, politically-connected elected Hoboken official uses her vast resources against a critic to defame her on a NATIONAL level. I believe Mason's political/financial relationship with Larry Stempler was used for access to a PAC- that is what's called Washington influence peddling.
Among other things.
I can tell you my experience has had a chilling effect on some aspiring reform candidates. I know this to be true. But I hope they forge ahead and not give in to wealthy bullies. Please.
I invite members of the press to assist in getting answers to some of my questions. And I am happy to speak with you myself. I hear Mason is not answering calls, and is remaining silent. Through surrogates, I hear she has not accepted my apology.
Well, I'm anxious to get answers to my questions so I can move on.
(Update, 11:40 am)
Beth Mason is an NJDC Donor.
Mason's $1,000 donation to the NJDC says it all.
Publishing the ghost-written smear piece on a Jewish artist (me) and posted on the NJDC via the back door was quid pro qu. Larry Stempler, on NJDC's Board of Directors is Mason donor and fundraiser and likely fast-tracked it. Of course, Mason made sure to link the hit piece to Hooboken411.com, where she could frame the story in the most damaging and hurtful way.
Go to www.opensecrets.org and type in 'National Jewish Democratic Council'. And by the way, Mason's contribution accounted for 20% of total contribution received from private donors in 2006.