Mack the subject of new ELEC investigation

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and a donor to his campaign are the subjects of a new investigation brought by the state Election Law Enforcement Commission, according to a letter from the commission obtained by PolitickerNJ.

The complaint, filed last summer by a Mercer County resident, alleged that Partners for Progress, a continuing political committee donated $8,805 to Mack’s mayoral campaign, $605 above the legal limit.  According to the complaint, Partners for Progress never disclosed the donations on its own campaign finance reports, though Mack’s campaign did.

But despite the over-the-limit donation, the Mack camp never refunded any of the contribution, the complaint alleges.  Mack did write a check to the committee in the amount of $3,173, listed on the candidate’s report as “reimb.”  No detailed description of the reimbursement was included with the filing.

Partners for Progress President Pete Fields said he wasn’t aware of the missed report on the part of his organization, but would speak to the committee’s treasurer about it.

Mack could not be reached for comment.

According to the letter from ELEC, the committee decided to open an investigation at its November 16 meeting.

This is not the first issue with Mack’s finance reports filed during his primary, general and run-off campaigns for mayor.  News reports have detailed Mack’s use of “street cash” for campaign workers on Election Day, a clear violation of campaign finance laws. 

An Associated Press report in September detailed a private mortgage Mack received during the campaign that subsequently found its way into his campaign coffers. 

It’s unknown if Mack is the subject of other ELEC investigations from the campaign.

His administration has been beset with other issues as well.  Last week, police raided the Trenton Water Works, arresting Mack’s half brother and charging him with theft of services and other offenses for his role in a scheme to bill the water works for employee’s time spent doing private jobs.

  Mack the subject of new ELEC investigation