ELEC zaps Hoboken’s Mason with a complaint

Hoboken Mayoral candidate Beth Mason and her campaign treasurer husband failed to file in a timely way and filed numerous late reports tied to Mason’s 2011 mayoral campaign, according to the Election Law enforcement Commission (ELEC). 

In a complaint released today by ELEC, Mason allegedly failed to report expenditure information relevant to the receipt of in-kind contributions totaling thousands of dollars in the outstanding 2011 municipal election, according to ELEC.

The complaint contains six counts against Mason and her husband, Richard Mason.

The first count alleges that the candidate reported contribution information for the seven in-kind contributions totaling $15,800.00, on July 19, 2012, after the October 17, 2011 due date and 276 days late. 

The second count alleges the campaign reported expenditure information for the five expenditures, totaling $19,607.50, on July 19, 2012, after the October 17, 2011 due date and 276 days late.

The third count alleges that candidate and treasurer reported contribution information for the nine in-kind contributions totaling $47,002.85, on July 19, 2012, after the January 17, 2012 due date and 184 days late. 

The fourth count alleges that the Masons reported expenditure information for the three expenditures, totaling $6,010.00, on July 19, 2012, after the January 17, 2012 due date and 184 days late.

The fifth count says the campaign reported contribution information for the eight in-kind contributions totaling $18,890.00, on July 23, 2012, after the April 16, 2012 due date and 98 days late. 

The sixth count alleges the respondent candidate and the respondent treasurer reported an amount of $18,890.00, on July 23, 2012, after the April 16, 2012 due date and 98 days late.

According to ELEC, all parties shall have the opportunity to appear personally or by attorney at a hearing pursuant to the ‘Administrative Procedure Act,’ N.J.S.A. 52:14B-1 et seq., and to present evidence and argument on all relevant issues.  All parties shall have the opportunity to examine and cross-examine witnesses.  However, failure of each Respondent to file with the Commission a written answer within twenty (20) days after service of this Complaint shall constitute a default pursuant to N.J.A.C. 19:25-17.1A and thereupon the Commission may enter a Final Decision (including imposition of a monetary penalty).”

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