$37,000 Baby

2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason was right in her response to 2nd Ward resident Franz Paetzhold last night: we  (the People) "don't know all the facts" concerning the $37,000 judgment against her 2009 and 2011 campaigns by the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

However, we (the People) know how to read news articles which report facts.  We (the People) know how to read a Consent Order and Final Decision.  ELEC spent nearly a year examining the facts, before fining the Masons.

Must we (the People) spend a year examining the facts, too?

Is Mason saying  she has a different set of facts, which should have led to a different outcome?

It seems simple enough. Was Beth Mason's 'bookkeeper' incredibly sloppy and/or incompetent or... was the delaying of financial reporting done on purpose.  A source who believes the latter told GA:
late reporting is to hide where the moneys coming from. you don't want people to see whos giving the money and where its going.  you wait until  nobodys paying attention.
Maybe those are the "facts" Mason is talking about?  Tricks to obfuscate money flowing in and out of her campaign?

Those "facts"about why a City Councilwoman (with as many operatives and consultants as she has) would have botched her ELEC reporting to the tune of hundreds of late transactions... well those are "facts" we (the People) would like to hear!

The People are all ears.

Ka ching


  1. Mason is so full of it. Elec only skimmed the surface.

  2. Shark of the HudsonJanuary 8, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Told you we had this well in hand but you Zimmerists didn't listen. Now you are laughing stocks as Beth Mason admits to nothing, knows nothing and pays next to nothing.

    We even got the Hudson Reporter to write she didn't admit to any wrongdoing. NJ ELEC made us sign that we don't deny any wrongdoing but we took care of that and the Hudson Reporter came through for us again. Thanks to Caren and Gene for a job well done. Make sure only half that information makes it into the weekend edition. You have our permission to just skip or bury it. Great job!

    1. probably not far from the truth, sadly.

    2. If you have few ethics and lots of money you can subvert the spirit of the law while staying within the letter of the law.

      But why would you want that kind of person holding public office ?

  3. Anyone know if the ELEC violations are considered crimes and if so, in what class?

  4. Ricky is finally famous: http://abovethelaw.com/2015/01/non-sequiturs-01-08-15/

    1. Holy cow! He must have REALLY pissed off someone at ELEC.


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