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Where The Money Might Come From

If you’re wondering where, unhindered by Belmar’s now eviscerated pay to play law, the money for Doherty’s freeholder race might come from one place to look would be at his 2005 assembly race.  Since he was not a Belmar official then, the Belmar laws in effect at the time didn’t apply.

Below are the contributions on his state R-1 forms for his “Friends of Matt Doherty for Assembly” general election account.  This doesn’t include his primary election contribution reports or any reports from his joint account with his running mate James Reilly.  Maybe I’ll look at those at some later time.

A lot of the money is from PACs, trade unions and public workers unions.  Also from developers, from pass-through contributions from other campaigns and from vendors such as law firms and construction companies.  One thing that there seems to be very few of is donations from just regular private people.

I just don’t understand how the mayor can credibly claim that the changes in our pay to play laws have nothing to do with the fact that he’s running for freeholder and that actually he did it to help Tom Burke.


So my question is…do you want these group contributing to the mayor’s freeholder race while the mayor holds so much power as mayor of Belmar?  This would be a problem even in a normal town, let alone a town where other members of the Council flat out refuse to ever oppose the mayor on anything.


  1. linlee wrote:

    Another strong argument presented here to pick up your phone and call (732)409-0138 or email and say you want to sign the petition that challenges the gutting of Belmar’s ordinance protecting us from pay-to-play campaign financing.

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:52 am | Permalink
  2. Better for Belmar wrote:

    Better for Monmouth County too! I don’t see much financial support from Monmouth County Citizens in this list. Matt is bought and sold kind of guy. No integrity. Just hard core buy-em politician

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:10 am | Permalink
  3. admin wrote:

    Just to be clear, the 2005 race was not a “Monmouth County” race, it was a race for state office in a district that included parts of Monmouth County.

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:22 am | Permalink
  4. Better for Belmar wrote:

    Matt is totally bought and sold. Not a statesman.

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10:22 am | Permalink
  5. nodee nyall wrote:

    The former Borough Administrator, William Young, hired by the mayor, contributed $500.00 to Doherty’s campaign in 2005. Payback?

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 10:49 am | Permalink

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