RSC to give back Van Pelt donation

The Republican State Committee (RSC) will return a donation it received from the election fund of arrested former Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean Twp), spokesman Kevin Roberts said.

Van Pelt and his running mate, Brian Rumpf (R-Little Egg Harbor), gave $5,000 to the party in February through their joint campaign account. Rumpf was not implicated in the FBI sting that ensnared Van Pelt for allegedly taking a bribe from an FBI informant.

The RSC, which changed leadership in June, did not know about the donation before it was informed by PolitickerNJ.com today.

The cash strapped organization, which only had about $58,000 on hand as of the last reporting period, had already agreed to donate to charity the $51,000 it received from the informant, Solomon Dwek, between 2004 and 2005. That payment, however, will likely be made in installments.

RSC to give back Van Pelt donation