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Post-Election Donations To Dems

The borough has posted Democratic April 15 campaign reports on it’s website.  They list the three contributions made to Democratic committees after last November’s election.

First the “Doherty for Mayor” account:

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 4.13.32 AMWith a single $500 donation from Doherty:Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 4.13.47 AM



The other account, “Election Fund of Doherty-Brennan”, received two post-election donations that both seem a little odd:

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The Sperber-Held family is one of the two families that Doherty’s “Home by Summer” charity is raising $200,000 for.  The $500 campaign contribution was made about six weeks before “Home by Summer” was announced to the public.

Barry Zimmerman is a former Belmar councilman.  He moved to Florida eight or nine years ago.  His campaign contribution was made at the beginning of last month and is for $2000 (!).  I have no idea what to make of that.


  1. Anonymous wrote:

    A recipient of charitable donations donating $500 to a political campaign is absolutely disgusting.

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 5:59 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    Well it certainly doesn’t look good.

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:32 am | Permalink
  3. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Invest $500 …. and get $100K return …. Charity is a big business in Belmar!

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:13 am | Permalink
  4. Guest wrote:

    I couldn’t afford to donate $500 during the campaign but that was because I paid for my home repairs on my own. If both of these homes were built to their same dimensions before the storm rather than with substantial improvements then perhaps both home owners would have been able to return much sooner. Of course insurance money is not going to cover a larger more elaborate house than what was there previously.

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:16 am | Permalink
  5. admin wrote:

    I don’t know if they are being built better or fancier than they were beforehand.

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:30 am | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Chump change compared the Clintons, this is unbelievable.

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:32 am | Permalink
  7. Resident wrote:

    At least one was built with significant improvements, 2 bedrooms to 4 bedrooms, 1 bath to 3 baths. It is illegal to profit from insurance it is in place only to replace what was there.

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:53 am | Permalink
  8. admin wrote:

    Again, I don’t know the specifics on why their houses aren’t done yet.

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:20 am | Permalink
  9. BG wrote:

    Hmm, is this the “dupe the public” school of politics?

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:52 am | Permalink
  10. sweetiepieface wrote:

    Belmar, formerly known as “Fort Lauderdale North”… profit is as profit does… If we do not learn from the past we are doomed to repeat it?????

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
  11. BEN REAL wrote:

    wow, a 200 percent return on an investment?! Where do I send the check?!!!!

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:26 pm | Permalink
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Ferreira Construction donated to Doherty’s campaign and was rewarded with a big money contract. This woman donates and she’ll be rewarded with charitable contributions. Does anyone see a problem with this ?

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm | Permalink
  13. Resident wrote:

    Sperber also received $1000.00 in gift-cards. It was supposed to be $100.00 per household member. Not sure how or why that happened.

    Monday, April 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm | Permalink
  14. Perspective wrote:

    Are you suggesting Ms. Sperber handed the mayor $500 and demanded a fundraiser in return? Do you think she’s not poor enough to be eligible for a fund raiser? Is it her fault that she gained attention because she refused to stop fighting the fraudulent insurance company? Are you saying that since she gave $500 to the mayor, she must have enough money to pay mortgage and rent and fix her house and therefore should not take charitable donations from folks that want to give to her? How poor should someone be to get help from others? Should they refuse fundraisers if they make enough money to spare $500? Be careful – that logic sounds like a dirty word in your books – the dreaded Socialism word. Look, if you want to expose the mayor for illegal activity, great. But be careful not to give fodder to him by sounding hateful and stupid. If there is no misappropriation of tax money connected to this I believe there is only one way to respond to your feelings about the fundraiser. Don’t give.

    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4:06 pm | Permalink
  15. admin wrote:

    No time right now to respond. Might tomorrow.

    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4:23 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Very weird some of the contributions. People can do what they want with their money, just seems some of the donors must have lots of $$$$ to give away.They should give to organizations that help the poor or wounded warriors not endorsing just saying.

    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Permalink
  17. admin wrote:

    It is weird.

    And let me tell you I’ve received a lot of comments from people who have suffered greatly and got nothing or next to nothing. I’m sorry, but showering hundreds of thousands of dollars on just two families when so many suffered such terrible losses and had to go into debt to rebuilt on their own is divisive. The gov’t, especially this gov’t, should stay out of this sort of thing and just let private charities handle it.

    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm | Permalink
  18. Heard Enough wrote:

    #14. If someone can “spare” $500.00 for a political campaign, they are probably “sparing” money for a lot of other things too. Many others lost just as much or more and did not get any fundraiser. I think it’s fine if people want to give to help, but the government of the Borough of Belmar should not be involved. We have not seen any updates as to how much has been raised, how much each family has gotten so far or what will be done with any excess money collected beyond the $100,000. Have they stopped collecting if the goal has been reached? I think the whole thing is shady.

    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:58 pm | Permalink
  19. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Still time to raise more money …. the mayor’s ball at the 9th Avenue Plaza is coming up! …. with a $1000 ding …. you can swim in the regime slime …. (big-shots cost more) …. 5/22/2015

    Friday, May 22, 2015 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

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