DeStefano had illegal mailers, robocalls, and members of the CCDC literally working for and running his campaign. His entire door to door petition effort was allegedly organized by people from the CCDC and the Adler campaign. If any Save Jerseyans out there know anything about election law, when one campaign does something on behalf of another, that is called an in-kind contribution. These contributions, like most others, must be reported to the election law body taking jurisdiction, in this case, the FEC.
The Democrats and the DeStefano “campaign” never made those reports. They broke the law. And today, they got away with it.
Ayscue and his assistants, Moen and White, said their alleged work on behalf of DeStefano does not “constitute the payment by any person of compensation for the personal services of another person which are rendered to a political committee without charge for any purpose” because the benefits they conferred “were indisputedly done in exchange for compensation.”
That’s right. The reason that the CCDC and Ayscue did not break the law is because they paid people to try and rig the election rather than making them do it for free! Clearly the Camden Democrat Machine is losing its grip if it has to start paying its minions to do its dirty work!
The idea that because people may have been paid, and that it may not have been a contribution and was simply a job (which in my opinion is still a contribution because the DeStefano campaign was clearly not the one paying the people..) is absurd and morally reprehensible. The sanctioning of this behavior flies in the face of a free society where elections are supposed to mean something. Good for the CCDC that they won’t be prosecuted, but that fact should not let them sleep any better for what they tried (and failed!) to do.