|left: Mason is invested in James Barracato's Weehawken bar, right: James Barracato, SLAPP suit architect, Mason "business partner"|
Emails also show that Barracato's political operations have impacted all Hoboken residents on matters of public interest and public concern, such as his efforts to undermine the sale of our public asset, the HUMC. In the context of Hoboken politics, Barracato is a public figure.
We also know:
- In 2011, Lane Bajardi wrote he"did not have unlimited resources to fight a protracted legal battle" and his cash reserves were so low, he needed to "focus on revenue-generating opportunities" for fear he would "end up dipping into [his] 401K."
- Six months later, Bajardi was sending Barracato an "AttorneyIntro.doc" and telling him "obviously an attorney Ricky and Beth are comfortable with is key."
- On May 17, 2012, Kim Cardinal asked James Barracato, "Was she [Pincus] served yet?" Barracato answered "Not sure she's been served yet, I'll find out tomorrow."
Hundreds, if not thousands of emails provide reasonable basis to believe the SLAPP suit was substantially funded by Mason.
If that is true, then how was the money routed to the Bajardi's attorneys ?
Beth Mason testified at the SLAPP trial on February 5, 2015:
Councilwoman Beth Mason reported on her 2014 Financial Disclosure form she is invested in James Barracato's bar.
BETH MASON'S 2014 FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FORM
The puzzle of how "assistance" could have been routed to pay for a 3-year, (estimated) $500,000 SLAPP suit has yet to be solved.