Saturday, April 24, 2010

LoBiondo: Still lots of money

The FEC report on Frank LoBiondo tell us his campaign has $1,128,245 cash on hand. That's not quite as much as it would seem, as his campaign spent over $490,000 in 2009 and the first three months of 2010. He raised over $563,000. Over $333,000 came from political action committees: everyone from Rolls Royce (I'm not kidding) to Government Employees to Hannahs to the International Longshore & Warehouse Union.

He also donated $140,000 to other Republicans:

CHRIS CHRISTIE FOR GOVERNOR CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS PARSIPPANY NJ 07054 03/13/2009 $3,400
TEDISCO FOR CONGRESS CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS CLIFTON PARK NY 12065 03/13/2009 $1,000
AMODEO & POLISTINA FOR ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS LINWOOD NJ 08221 06/16/2009 $5,200
FRIENDS OF ROY BLUNT CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS 65805 05/29/2009 $2,000
CUMBERLAND COUNTY G.O.P. CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS VINELAND NJ 08360 05/29/2009 $15,000
DONOHUE-CONRAD 2009 CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS LINWOOD NJ 08221 05/17/2009 $5,200
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP REPUBLICAN ORG. CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS NEWFIELD NJ 08344 05/21/2009 $2,000
VENTNOR REPUBLICAN CLUB CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS VENTNOR CITY NJ 08406 05/29/2009 $500
ZACH WAMP FOR GOVERNOR CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS CHATTANOOGA TN 37422 05/17/2009 $2,500
STEVE CHABOT FOR CONGRESS CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS CINCINNATI OH 45211 08/01/2009 $1,000
CHRIS CHRISTIE FOR GOVERNOR CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS PARSIPPANY NJ 07054 08/29/2009 $2,000
CUMBERLAND COUNTY G.O.P. CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS BRIDGETON NJ 08302 09/09/2009 $12,000
CUMBERLAND COUNTY G.O.P. CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS BRIDGETON NJ 08302 08/31/2009 $2,500
ESTELL MANOR REPUBLICAN CLUB CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION FROM EXCESS ESTELL MANOR NJ 08319 08/21/2009 $500
SWEDESBORO REPUBLICAN ASSOCIATION CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS SWEDESBORO NJ 08085 09/18/2009 $1,000
ASSEMBLY REPUBLICAN VICTORY CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS TRENTON NJ 08608 10/23/2009 $25,000
FUND TO RE-ELECT BAKER & ZAPPARIELLO CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS MINOTOLA NJ 08341 10/03/2009 $500
FUND TO RE-ELECT BAKER & ZAPPARIELLO CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS MINOTOLA NJ 08341 10/20/2009 $500
CURCIO, JIM CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS HAMMONTON NJ 08037 10/27/2009 $1,500
ATLANTIC COUNTY REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS LINWOOD NJ 08221 10/03/2009 $15,000
FRIENDS OF CAREW, VAIN & TURON CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS NORTHFIELD NJ 08225 10/17/2009 $250
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP REPUBLICAN LEAGUE CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS OCEANVILLE NJ 08231 10/09/2009 $2,500
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP REPUBLICAN ORG. CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS MAYS LANDING NJ 08330 10/09/2009 $2,500
LAURY/JENNINGS 2009 CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS BRIDGETON NJ 08302 10/23/2009 $5,000
LOCKWOOD FOR COMMITTEE CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS CAPE MAY CT HSE NJ 08210 10/23/2009 $300
MACCARONE & FEIN FOR WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP NJ 08085 10/10/2009 $500
RUDDER FOR ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS MOUNT HOLLY NJ 08060 10/28/2009 $5,000
SPCC 2009 CAMPAIGN CONTRIB FROM EXCESS SOMERS POINT NJ 08244 10/15/2009 $250

Monday, April 19, 2010

LoBiondo and the 2010 Elections (aka I may vote for him!)

Last week was the filing deadline for the major party nominations for Congress and four people filed in the New Jersey's 2nd district. Frank LoBiondo faces two primary challengers: Linda Biamonte and Donna Ward. Biamante is a Tea Party type challenging from the right. Personally I sure hope she doesn't have any success, but she has gotten a bit of press. Donna Ward was easily beaten by LoBiondo last time. She ran as a "Constitutional Republican" (aka a Ron Paul-type, I think) and refused to endorse LoBiondo.

The big Democratic names--Van Drew, Whelan--all passed. 2012 does seem like a potentially better year assuming the economy recovers. Meanwhile, no low-level Democrats stepped up to challenge LoBiondo the way long-shot challengers Dave Kurkowski and Viola Thomas-Hughes did in the last two cycles. But wait, we have Gary Stein He ran previously for Congress and Governor as a long-shot third party candidate. So he quite smartly has effectively grabbed the Democratic nomination. I'm not sure I can vote for him, so who knows, I may become a LoBiondo supporter! Well, we'll say what Mr. Stein says in the campaign. I trust the bit about UFOs on his website is a joke or a hack. Still, if you really want to shake things up you could vote for Stein.

In any case, LoBiondo is the overwhelming favorite for re-election at this point.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Letter to the editor

Charles Ciraolo of Vineland wrote a great letter about LoBiondo in the Daily Journal. Here are some excerpts:


We are one of the richest countries in the world; yet, 46 million have no health benefits while millions more have lousy benefits. We rank 17th worldwide, following Portugal, with health care and yet we pay the most per person. Most of our bankruptcies are now due to health care costs. One of the biggest reasons our American manufacturers go to Canada is because they do not have to pay for health care benefits.

While President Obama was trying to reach across the aisle to the Republicans, as Republicans said they wanted to do, Republicans offered no program of their own but just said no to every proposal set forth by the Democrats.


It goes on...

It is quite apparent to any thinking loyal American the thing to do is throw more Republicans out of office next election. What has happened is this, and I will use Mr. Frank LoBiondo as an example. Your representative brags what he has done for your state, whether it is getting a federal grant to fill in the beaches, etc. Once having showed you what a great job he is doing for you, he can then feel free do what the party wants him to do on a national level. He can do this because he now feels safe of being elected again next time. In an article in The Daily Journal, he blasted the health care bill.


He said it should have bipartisan support. What planet is he from? For more than one year, President Obama has been trying to work with the Republicans and has asked for their ideas. LoBiondo doesn't want the federal government getting involved with health insurance, no sir. He likes the way the big insurance companies are working, such as United Health Care, which made $4.2 billion in profit last year. He likes pre-existing conditions, the doughnut hole for Medicare recipients who have to come up with a couple of thousand dollars out of their pocket, and limits set on your policy so they can drop you.

Boeing in Millville

Reporter Dan Walsh described the opening of Boeing’s U.S. Army helicopter modification center at Millville Airport. As LoBiondo has cited it as a key development:

“It sends a message to the world that if a major international corporation like Boeing can select Millville, this is a place worth paying attention to,” LoBiondo said.


Walsh says Boeing is not holding a career fair, but instead is mainly hiring through their website (I assume it's www.boeing.com/employment) so if you hope to be one of the hundred or so hired there click through.

Friday, April 2, 2010

LoBiondo questioned at town hall about Constitution

Someone sent me this video of Frank LoBiondo with the following comment, which I reproduce in full. Personally, my sympathies are with LoBiondo because it's easy to get confused in a pop quiz. He confuses Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution with the 1st Amendment. One might also think of the famous Preamble. The video is more of the questioner than the Congressman, but some people think it is important.



The e-mail:

Congressman LoBiondo is unable to to explain Article 1 Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution

( Article I Section 1. All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.)



that is the full text of the article and he was unaware of it and he has been serving in the house for over 10 years



nor is he able to tell the audience the 1st amendment



How are we to trust this man to protect our liberties when he doesn't even know what they are ?



Update April 8, 2010: This story has been working it's way up the media chain and now is in The Hill. How odd though to credit the Star-Ledger when it's the same video posted by the activist. I guess the professionals only acknowledge the professionals.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

LoBiondo on offshore drilling

A post here last year observed that Frank LoBiondo supported offshore oil drilling there but not here and Representative LoBiondo has stayed consistent now that President Obama has backed that plan.

Here's the quote in northjersey.com:

But Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, whose district also includes Shore communities, said Obama’s announcement echoes his own position on expanding offshore drilling. “While my opposition to drilling off New Jersey has not changed, I have supported legislation allowing states to decide if they want to explore off their shores,” LoBiondo said in a statement. “Combined with increased nuclear, solar, wind, biofuels and conservation efforts, expanded offshore drilling will enhance our national security and lead our country to energy independence.”


Senators Lautenberg and Menendez, and Governor Christie came out against the plan.

Incidentally, the reports are that "cap and trade" is considered dead so LoBiondo may be on board with the energy/climate change bill in the end. Note his positive comments here about other energy sources also backed in the bill.