A riled Republican Party chairman Tuesday would not allow U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) to soft shoe the Peter DeStefano story.
NJ Republican State Committee Chair Jay Webber filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in pursuit of an investigation into the Adler for Congress and DeStefano for Congress campaigns.
Webber’s complaint follows publication of a Courier-Post story last week linking Adler and Camden County Democratic Committee (CCDC) operatives to DeStefano, a Tea Party prop, according to the newspaper. The state party chairman backs – and has personally campaigned for – 3rd Congressional District Republican challenger Jon Runyan.
“Based upon published news reports, DeStefano has received support directly from staff members and constituents paid for by Adler and the CCDC,” Webber writes in his complaint. “According to published news reports, Steve Ayscue and Geoff Mackler led a meeting in May of 2010 to solicit organizational and operational support for DeStefano… including organizing the solicitation of signatures on Peter DeStefano’s petitionby direct nomination to appear as a candidate for the 3rd Congressional District…”
The owner of Haddon Capital Ventures, LLC, Ayscue received three payments of $5,000 from the Adler campaign. Mackler is Adler’s campaign manager.
Webber asserts that “there is ample evidence to support a Federal Election Commission investigation into whether Adler has made in-kind contributions to DeStefano which were not reported by Adler and which were in excess of the legal contribution limits; the CCDC had made in-kind contributions to DeStefano in an amount which requires the CCDC to register with and report to the FCC; the CCDC has made in-kind contributions to DeStefano which were not reported and which were in excess of the legal contribution limits; whether DeStefano has failed to report contributions from Adler and the CCDC; and Adler, the CCDC and DEStefano coordinated their activities with the purpose of circumventing the contribution limits…”