A judge last Friday put the clamps on a significant portion of Democrats for Change’s fundraising, causing Assembly Majority Leader Joe Cryan (D-20) to challenge his challengers’ nearly $10,000 purchase of a cable television ad buy today.
“I’ve never been in a race where people ignore the rules,” said the former state party chairman. “Never one as blatant as this.”
Targeting Cryan, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, (D-20), and state Sen. Ray Lesniak, (D-20), the Democrats for Change team to date failed to file Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) reports disclosing how and where they raise their campaign funds, sparking a Lesniak challenge and subsequent judge’s injunction ruling.
A second judge last Friday forbade the challengers from using an estimated $150,000 raised at a gala dinner two weekends ago.
Today’s $9,612 cable buy puts the challengers on television between tomorrow and next Monday and reflects their decision to double down on spending while not revealing how they’re funded under Title 19.
“It makes you scratch your head – how people can so blatantly disregard a judge’s ruling,” said Cryan. “You lose in front of a judge and say ‘never mind.’ It makes you wonder how they’d govern if they have this kind of disregard for the law.”