Republicans are concerned that Congressman John Adler, New Jersey Democrat, may be linked to a shill candidate, Peter DeStefano,who is running for Mr. Adler’s 3rd Congressional seat in a race that is neck and neck between Mr. Adler and Republican challenger Jon Runyan.
The New Jersey GOP released a statement Tuesday night calling on the Federal Election Commission to investigate the Adler campaign and the DeStefano campaign:
Today, NJ Republican State Committee Chairman Jay Webber filed an official complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) seeking an investigation into the Adler for Congress and DeStefano for Congress campaigns in the wake of a Courier-Post story last week that linked Adler and Camden County Democratic Committee (CCDC) staffers and operatives to a plot intended to plant a shill candidate in the 3rd Congressional District race.
According to the complaint, New Jersey Republicans believe:
“Mr. Adler compensated [Steve] Ayscue and [Geoff] Mackler in connection with their work seeking organizational and operational support for DeStefano. Mackler was compensated directly by Adler and Ayscue was compensated in his role as owner of Haddon Capital. Furthermore, upon information and belief, Ayscue and/or Mackler did additional work for DeStefano including, at a minimum, operating and maintaining DeStefano’s website, Twitter account and Facebook page.”
The New Jersey GOP points out the unlawfulness of the work Mr. Mackler and Mr. Ayescue did for Mr. DeStefano if their compensation from Mr. Adler is in excess of the $2000 contribution limit, and while any contribution to the DeStefano campaign from Adler must be reported to the FEC, Republicans say that Mr. Adler has sent no reports to the FEC indicating he made any contributions to the DeStefano campaign.