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Vin Spin

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Attributed only to “Monmouth Dems” but most likely penned by Chairman Vin Gopal, the PolitickerNJ story uses numbers are impossible to verify but, even if true, mean nothing.  (They are impossible to verify, BTW, because contributions under $300, unless made in cash, don’t need to be itemized….except in the case of Matt Doherty because he’s on the Council in Belmar, but he disagrees with that law so he’s ignoring it.)

Checking the filings of the four candidates for cash donations under $300, for which the donors must be identified, I saw quite a few cases of the same donor contributing multiple times.  For the $63,700 in under $300 donations by check, we don’t know how many people are represented there or who they are.

However, of the total of $179,400 raised we do know the sources of $115,700 of it.

It includes:

$5000 from Belmar Borough employees and Council members.

$2000 from owners of area liquor establishments.

$8300 from lawyers.

$7000 from lobbyists.

$7420 from professionals and potential vendors.

$8800 in pass-through contributions from other Democratic political campaigns.

$38,750 from unions. (!)

and $3600 from the Toricellis.

Of that $116,000 that we could see the sources of, over $80,000 is from sources that are about as “grass roots” as a parking lot.

(Here are links to the reports: Doherty  Fulton  Doherty/Fulton joint account  Cantor  Solomeno. Click here to see my methodology)

One thing I do admire, though, about these Democrats is that they apparently eat and drink well.  Close to 10% of the money they raised was spent on feasting.

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Sneaked image from a recent campaign event.


  1. Funny but disgracefu wrote:

    Kind of like 2 o’clock closing time at Djais don’t you think. Beat the click had thousands waiting in the rain. What a great voting block to tap into by some candidate!

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 8:18 am | Permalink
  2. OLD MAN wrote:

    I saw somebody I used to know.

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 9:32 am | Permalink
  3. Middle Class wrote:

    $38,750 from unions…who is looking out for the middle class that is not union or government employed….

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
  4. An Observation wrote:

    I have a question for the Union Members. How much more money have you received from the donations that YOUR dues paid for? You guys should be picking your Union offices and demand a decrease in dues. Also what is the salaries of the Union officials? How do they compare to what you make??

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 8:01 am | Permalink
  5. Don Giovanni wrote:

    You have to be kidding! Union
    Delegates are paid politicians. Their salaries and perks and palms are well greased, all on the backs of the masses that CANNOT get a job without being a member of the connected union. Remember industrial arts classes in high schhol, you learned a career path. Now that learning path is dissolving in favor of union apprentice courses after high school. The jobs promised over the past 8 years went only to reward unions that paid vigs. NoNE to few were put to FULL TIME work. Reality sucks and you keep voting the in whether at the HALL or at the voting booth. Wise up.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 9:02 am | Permalink
  6. joe goofinoff wrote:

    #4 – Sir, I’m a Union man from the top of my head down to the soles of my feet. I’d like to say something about Unionism. What you see and think of as Unionism nowadays is nothing of the sort. The concept of Unionism was born of bad treatment by employers. There was a good reason for Unionism. I was brought into my Union by my dad (father/son Local – trade union) Father son meant a son got a shot. beyond that, he was on his own. Many a son of a member went “down the road.” (was fired and ultimately ended up going into something else for a living). It wasn’t a picnic learning the trade under the tutelage of your dad. Over time, things started gradually changing, especially the motivation of the men. Many men only worked to aquire money and had no feeling for the trade other than doing the easiest possible work. The courts forced many people on the trades who couldn’t do the work as it existed. Then the government got involved and started making rules so it would seem those people could do the work (the govt. created an illusion). Then technology started influencing people and the workplace big-time. All these years later, what you think of as Unionism bears no resemblance to what I was brought into. I was elected to my Executive board of my local and watched as daily, we became more and more involved with filthy garbage orgs. like OSHA, and under their orders. I fought this as much as possible, but there was no turning it back. It was like trying to standing in front of an avalanche. I’m heartbroken when Is see my work being done nowadays. I remember a friend of mine used to say of our work, “If God had ever thought of anything better than this, he’d have kept it for himself.” That’s how we felt, we could hardly wait for work to start each day. I could go on but this’ll do.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 9:09 am | Permalink
  7. An Observation wrote:

    #6 First off I am not a sir I am a Lady. Secondly you try to blame all on the government which is only partially true due to Union contracts. Which is why so much work Unions due is way overpriced. Just look at the Broadway shows for example if the Unions were not involved ticket prices would be 60% less. I am very familiar with how things go on.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:11 pm | Permalink
  8. Don Giovanni wrote:

    Thank you for your heartfelt career summary. Many of us have watched, supported and commiserated with union members especially the small contractor. We’ve watched the dock workers to the iron workers to the municipal worker being forced into the lock step. We saw the nursing home aide forced to give a portion of the weekly salary to the “man” so she could work. We’ve seen the CETA learner jacked up for donations to the party in order to stay in the program until a real job came along. Sad, just very sad to be preyed upon by the powerful. Workers compensation was created because, for example, your leg could be cut off while working on a train; amputees then couldn’t do the job or get prosthesis so they and their families became beggars. The pendulum swings both ways due to abusive power.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:43 pm | Permalink
  9. joe goofinoff wrote:

    #7, Pardon me Madam – I’ll try to remember. Please don’t be angry. I only said what I’ve lived through and observed up close. In the sixties, the fed govt. and courts came after us with a vengeance and destroyed all our standards, bit by bit. They forced people on us who couldn’t do the work. I was there and saw it all. It was done with “good intentions,” but by very inexperienced men (judges/lawyers, people of the spoken and written word having little to no knowledge of what they were ruling on). All these years later you’re just witnessing the destruction of the Unions they wrought. Madam, I don’t want o upset you, but this is what happened. I assure you. Have a nice evening.

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

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