Two Remington & Vernick contributions to Burney's 2010 campaign
he fails to mention.
...plus another $2,500 from an insurance vendor and an engineering firm he forgets to mention.
Will someone please turn up former Plainfield Councilor Rashid Burney's Valium drip? Thank you.
Once again, Burney has turned to using Olddoc's blog (see here, and comments Doc refers to here) to post an ill-tempered and overlong (981 words) rant about...well, about what?
- Rashid is still
angry at the New Dems (he was first elected as a New Dem, so did he
'frisk the local vendors' when he ran back then?);
- Rashid is angry that
all ('New' and 'Old') Democrats unite in the November election (he
forgets to mention Democratic campaign signs are always placed in front
of his house);
- Rashid takes Council President Adrian Mapp to task for receiving two contributions totaling $500 from Remington & Vernick, the city's engineers at his annual (and hardly secret) birthday party.
RASHID AND PAY-TO-PLAY CONTRIBUTIONS
So, Council President Mapp received two checks totaling $500 (I understand one has been, or is being, returned -- meaning Mapp will have received a total of$250).BYPASSING ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION LIMITS?
As Councilor Storch pointed out after the new ordinance was adopted, it does not stop vendor contributions (nor is it meant to), but forces vendors to disclose contributions if they are seeking business (see my summary of the ordinances here).
What Burney fails to mention is just how his own campaign in 2010 benefited from contributions he 'frisked' from local vendors (to use his colorful verb).
You can view Burney's complete ELEC reports online (see here, especially the 6/25/2010 report) --
This $3,500 from vendors, plus another $1.500 from a die-hard local supporter, account for $5,000 of the $5,665.98 in over-$300 contributions made to Burney for the 2010 campaign.
- Rashid took $1,000 from Remington & Vernick, the second check being from the R&V employee's wife, evidently attempting to disguise the true source of the contribution (those with long memories will recall that Burney voted for Remington & Vernick as the city's engineers after $300,000 in campaign contributions were 'wheeled' into Robinson-Briggs' successful 2005 mayoral campaign -- Burney says they have made $3 million on the contracts);
- Rashid took $1,000 from insurance vendor Martin Statfeld (for an interesting Record story on Statfeld and 'wheeling' political contributions around the state, see here; but more explosive is the CountyWatchers revelation that in one 9-month period, Statfeld gave $75,000 to various Dem committees and candidates, see here); and
- Rashid took $1,500 from T&M Associates, an engineering vendor.
Did Remington & Vernick or Martin Statfeld 'buy' any of Burney's votes?
Burney alleges that Mapp held a 2011 fundraiser to 'bypass annual contribution limits' (forgetting that birthdays are an annual occurence?).A CHEAP INSINUATING SHOT
Here Burney shows his ignorance.
Campaign committees have just TWO CYCLES: the Primary Election of the election for which the candidate is running and the General Election cycle. The General Election cycle runs from post-primary to the General Election. The Primary cycle runs from after the General Election to the NEXT Primary Election for the candidate -- three and a half years later. The total contribution limits hold for the entire period. There is no such thing as an annual 'reset' on campaign committee contributions.
Lastly, Burney insinuates under-$300 contributions 'were probably also...from Plainfield vendors' not required to be reported individually.Whether it was Burney or Olddoc that put up the epigram for the post, it has a certain bite --
Well, them's the rules. Were Burney's under-$300 contributions from vendors? Who will ever know -- besides Burney?
How about just acknowledging that a whole lot of folks can afford to make relatively small political contributions and let it go at that?
"Getting a lecture on morality from a politician is like getting a lecture on chastity from a whore." -- Perry de Havilland
- Doc's Potpourri: "Rashid Burney's communication" | "Comments (2 by Burney)"
- Plainfield Today: "Anti-corruption ordinances outlined"
- ELEC: "Reports for Rashid Burney"
- Record: "Dumont Dems wheeled and dealed with contributions"
- CountyWatchers: "Finding Statfeld"