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Report: Contractors Paid for Election Night Party Celebrating Bergen Democrats

Organizer denies political action committee sought to hide contributions

A political action committee financed largely by contractors doing business in Bergen County paid for an event celebrating the county Democratic party's election night victory last November in Hasbrouck Heights, the Star-Ledger reported Wednesday. 

The PAC that covered the $10,033.54 event, the New Leadership Council of New Jersey, was created by Daniel Ortega, a former Democratic party official under ex-chairman Joe Ferriero. The former party chair was indicted on mail fraud charges, but his conviction was later overturned. 

Ortega said the PAC was not seeking to hide contributions, according to the report. The celebration was not an official Democratic party event, he said. 

"The purpose of this PAC is to support current and new candidates who bring new leaders to the political process," Ortega said in an e-mail to the newspaper, adding he was the main organizer. 

Sen. Loretta Weinberg, a Ferriero political foe who visited a "VIP suite" on a different floor from the celebration, said she thought the event was the party's regular election night function and was "disturbed" that Ferriero aides remained involved in the party, according to the report. 

The Democrat's new chair, Lou Stellato, has taken steps to mend fences and make the party more open, Weinberg added. 

John Q. April 26, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Jack.....Democrats....the party of tolerance.......are the most intolerant of all.
Jack B Goode April 26, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Billy Mays ,you wrote:"if someone brings up aborting an unborn child that no one will support and will probably grow up to be a punk or loser, they freak out." Wow, do you really think that?According to that train of thought, Abortion is necessary to eliminate "punks and losers"...You know, they are doing some wonderful things with psychiatric therapy these days.
Jack B Goode April 26, 2013 at 04:17 PM
John Q.,I like to mention Tea Party , the event in History that expressed the colonist"s rebellion to "taxation without representation" to a Liberal and watch them start foaming at the mouth. try it,its fun!
John Q. April 26, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Jack I hate to mention Tea Party.....because the Libtards use the pejorative phrase Tea Baggers.....again reflecting their intolerance and ignorance. Don't know how many of them even understand what Tea Bagger even means.....but it is actually a homosexual slur.
BellairBerdan April 26, 2013 at 08:02 PM
John Q. you're funny. Maybe you didn't notice you used the word "Libtard" when complaining of other's intolerance and ignorance. Perhaps you should also check your definitions of what "tea bagged" means. It's not just for you anymore.

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