Newberry Says No To Disclosure Of Campaign Money

GOP incumbent says publishing donors after the fact would be a betrayal

GOP Township Committee incumbent George Newberry on Friday said he would not make his campaign donor list publicly available.

The announcement follows just hours after Democrat challengers for two, three-year Township Committee seats .

Democrats Charles McFadden and Tom Ehrlich published the names of everyone who donated money on their campaign website around noon Friday.

The move followed a that found that the source of the vast majority of money pumped into the race for committee seats was invisible to the public. The story was published Thursday.

Newberry in a telephone interview said that while he was proud of his donor list, many may have given to his campaign knowing their identity would remain secret. Publishing those names would be a betrayal of an unspoken agreement.

"I don’t believe when someone did something legally and in confidence that I should be able to turn around and then publish those names,'' Newberry said. "I think that would be a betrayal.''

State election law mandates that candidates for office list the name, address and amount given to their campaigns by individuals who donate $300 or more. That requirement is waived for individuals who give less than $300. Those donors are anonymous.

A showed that only 44 percent of the Democrats' money was open for public scrutiny, according to state records.

For the Republicans, which also includes the campaign of Mayor Ann Marie Conte, that percentage was far less.

Conte did not respond to a request for comment by late Friday.


Jack O'Brien October 22, 2011 at 01:58 AM
"Newberry in a telephone interview said that while he was proud of his donor list, MANY may have given to his campaign knowing their identity would remain secret. Publishing those names would be a betrayal of an unspoken agreement". Really?? I have donated in the past to local, county and state campaigns and COULD CARE LESS if my name was made known on a campaign donor list. Georgie Boy, spoken like a true shady politician. You lost my vote, Sir.
Lulu October 22, 2011 at 06:03 PM
This is ridiculous! Newberry has done nothing wrong. The only donors whose identities are unpublished are those who gave less than $300. Seriously? $200 or $300 for tickets to a fundraiser is not buying influence. That is why the law says if you donate $300 or less your name is not made public. Naturally, since there are more Republicans in Wall than Democrats, it makes sense that there are more people who attend Republican events and make donations under $300. If you are concerned about donations for influence, look at the candidates who get union money from around the state—not a hundred dollars here or there from neighbors. The Patch reported on October 20, “The Democrats received money from a roofers union based in Parsippany, a plumbers union based in Englishtown, a sheet metal workers union based in Farmingdale, an ironworkers union based in Kenilworth and the IBEW Local 400 on Route 138 in Wall. The pair also received a contribution from the election fund of Joseph Cryan, a Democrat state assemblyman from Union as well as the Gloucester County Freeholder election campaign of state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, a Democrat.” If anybody should receive a donation from a union it is Newberry, who has been a member of local 400 for years. Who is better to have invested in your town’s election: actual township residents paying taxes in Wall or big money unions that have no direct tie to Wall? Please put this in the proper context.
GQ October 22, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Lulu, I couldn't agree more. I was upset to see the Democratic listing of donors. We live in Wall Township and it appears that this donor list consists of mostly organizations and politicians from all over the state. I don't want our community to be dominated by outside influences. I am in favor of unions but I still do not want them to have influence over decisions made in my community. I want decisions to be based on the needs and desires of Wall Township residents.
Powertothepeople October 22, 2011 at 11:22 PM
Lulu & Gale, If Mr. Newberry received $5000.00 from his union in the last election, don't you think the public is entitled to know how much he received this time? Also on Nov 4th 2008 the state election commission has Mr. Newberry receiving $4800.00 from something called Republican Alliance in Wayne. Last time I checked Wayne wasn't in Monmouth County.
Jack O'Brien October 22, 2011 at 11:36 PM
Ladies, I truly respect your views and opinions, however let's open our eyes to the fact our community is dominated by CRONYISM. Cronyism (noun), the practice of doing favors for friends. Let's check a few of the township's professional services. Wall Twp Judge Joseph Defino (Carleen Defino- VP Wall Republican Club), Wall Twp Prosecutor John Lane (Mary Fran Lane- Treasurer Wall Republican Club), Robert McKenna (Former Wall Twp Mayor & Current Insurance Provider for the Twp). Wolves(Republicans) appear to be watching over the henhouse(community) and it's time for at least one watchdog(Democrat) to stand guard to make sure the hens(taxpayers) are protected.
GQ October 23, 2011 at 09:54 AM
I base my views as an Independent voter. I have no political affiliation. I am an intelligent and educated person. I know what CRONYISM means. I do not need any watchdog to protect this hen. I like having a Committee consisting of members with generational ties to our community.
Jesse Beutell October 23, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Personally I don't see how having a ruling "clique" could benefit anyone except the people fortunate enough to find themselves inside of that circle.
Kait October 23, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Sorry ladies, but what Mr. Newberry is doing is the exact definition of cronyism! We need a change in this community, and if you have a committee of men and women who are doing absolutely nothing to help the community, that is a problem. If the democrats are able to release a list of their donors, there should be no reason Mr. Newberry is unwilling to do so as well. It's the right thing to do!
Powertothepeople October 23, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Unless everyone looks at the NJ Election Commission's website and sees the donations given, How else will people know? Mr. Newberry needs to clear the air and come out with his list of contributions. I find it offensive that the law firm of Scarinci Hollenbeck, who our Township Attorney Joe Oxley works for is a huge contributor. Talk about insuring your job!


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