Harkness: Lonegan will lose his public funds

In an e-mail to an official of a rival campaign, Senate Republican Executive Director James Harkness says that gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan will lose his public financing because he did not disclose his affiliation with Americans for Prosperity, an anti-tax organization.

“AFP will not reveal their donors. They are obviously conservatives who like ‘convenient” transparency,’ wrote Harkness a former Chief Counsel to Gov. Donald DiFrancesco. “Lonegan will lose his public money.

The Associated Press reported today that Lonegan’s past employment with AFP New Jersey raises questions about his ability to receive public funds, since state law requires candidates to disclose their involvement of issue advocacy groups. Lonegan says he didn’t work for AFP, but rather for their foundation. He says the law does not apply to a 501(c)(3) foundation.

Harkness: Lonegan will lose his public funds