Sunday, March 16, 2014
Little Miss Sunshine & The Mason Reporter
I could have sworn last week PolitickerNJ broke the news that Councilwoman Beth Mason, her 2011 Campaign Treasurer husband and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz Partner Richard G. Mason, 2009 de-facto Treasurer Ines Garcia-Keim and 4 others in her 2009 campaign were facing record-breaking, potential multi-million dollar ELEC fines.
$14.3 M, to be exact.
On March 12, 2014, even the Jersey Journal reported "Hoboken councilwoman Beth Mason could owe state $2M for alleged campaign financing violations." And the JJ was only reporting the Councilwoman's fines- not the possible fines for all 7 Respondents named in the 2009 and 2011 complaints.
Well, thank goodness we have The Mason Reporter, to take heaps of dough from Beth Mason for 2 years of page 3 ads, then tell us absolute horse poo like:
Mason Reporter: A point in Mason’s favor is the fact that most of the money used in both campaigns was her own, making disclosure a moot point.
GA: A "moot point"? Really? So it's okay to (allegedly) break campaign contribution reporting law with one's own money? What is the source of that exclusion, O' Mason Reporter? Certainly not any statute known in the State of New Jersey. "Moot"? Wow. I never saw a centrifuge that could spin like that. Pssst... not that it matters that the campaign was largely self-funded, ELEC alleged reporting violations in contributions by others; see Exhibits 'A' and 'B' in Count Two of the 2009 ELEC complaint against Mason Team for One Hoboken:
The Mason Reporter: Mason’s violations are not considered flagrant.
GA: Says who? GA is told that the complaints as written are "atypical". The time, effort and money invested in compiling so many allegations and drafting them in that format says this: ELEC may consider the violations "flagrant" enough to have allocated resources as they did. There are nearly 400 (alleged) late reporting transactions cited in the Complaints.