Democrats' Pay-to-Play Petition in Clerk's Hands

The petitioners circulated Councilman Dan Hutchison's proposed ordinance, which targets Super PACs, and reportedly collected about 1,700 signatures.

A group of Democrats has submitted a petition supporting a local pay-to-play ordinance to the Gloucester Township Clerk's Office.

The ordinance is the same as the one the Township Council approved on first reading at its July 9 meeting, but later pulled from consideration. The measure, which targets Super PACs, was crafted by Councilman Dan Hutchison.

The Democrats' petition drive garnered roughly 1,700 signatures, according to Clerk Rosemary DiJosie.

The committee of petitoners delivered the petition forms to the Clerk's Office Thursday, Aug. 2. DiJosie's office has 20 days from submission to either certify or reject the petition—if rejected, the committee would have 10 days to remedy deficiencies as identified by the Clerk's Office.

The clerk indicated Thursday afternoon that her office had not begun reviewing the nearly 1,700 signatures to confirm their validity.

The committee of petitioners is Robert Richards, Joseph Pillo, Dora Guevara, Cindy Clark and Theresa Marrama. All but Marrama sit on township boards and authorities.

A total of 1,047 valid signatures are needed to advance the petition ordinance to the Township Council. The governing body could opt to not act on the measure—a move that would result in it going to voters on Election Day and, if approved, remaining law for at least three years unless overturned by voters in a subsequent election.

Hutchison, in presenting the ordinance to Council last month, expressed his concern over the impact of Super PACs on local elections. Super PACs can raise funds from corporations, unions and individuals without legal limits, and are not limited in how much they can spend.

"I expressed to you one of my main concerns was the Super PACs and trying to bring those donors out into the open," Hutchison told Broadacres Drive resident Joshua Berry, whose South Jersey Citizens watchdog group saw its hopes to have a pay-to-play petition ordinance put to voters in 2012 brought to an end this week by an appellate court decision. "And I believe this ordinance accomplishes that very important thing."

Hutchison requested by letter that his ordinance be pulled from consideration at Council's July 24 meeting, which he did not attend, "to allow me more time to investigate ways of improving the ordinance."

Berry told Council at the July 23 meeting that he agrees with Hutchison's intent as it relates to Super PAC contributions, but suggested that power lies with the state Legislature, not local governing bodies.

"You do not have the authorization to legislate campaign-finance laws on a local basis," he said.

Berry also takes issue with the fact Hutchison's ordinance would mandate the township use the so-called fair-and-open process—a process critics contend is too vague as written at the state level and results in elected officials rewarding campaign contributors with contracts.

ymbdfa August 11, 2012 at 12:36 PM
WOW 1700 signatures in less than 2 weeks? From what I understand those petitions were turned over to the clerk over a week ago. Why the delay in reporting this? Why no quotes from any of the petitioners, council members, or the clerk? Seems there was photo shoots and press conferences when Joshua Berry made his presentation, of that fraudulent petition he tried scamming the residence of GT with. Oh well Friends how many of us have them, Friends. That’s from Whodini before NaPauleon tries to accuse me of plagiarism again, idiot. !5 months it took SJC to convince people to sign their petition, using scare tactics and bait and switch cons on petitions, A group of local residence gets 700 more than SJC did in less than 10 days, tells you how much more people care about making sure campaign funds stay public knowledge vs. allowing the contributions to be hidden like SJC wanted to do.
Paul J. DiBartolo August 11, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Why did you feel compelled to bring me into it, YAMMBY? Was that a direct order from your masters? Okay, I'll play along and try to answer some of your questions... You wrote..."WOW 1700 signatures in less than 2 weeks?" How many times did you sign it, YAMMBY? You wrote..."Why no quotes from any of the petitioners...?" Hmmmm, let's see, dead people can't be quoted? You want quotes from council members or the clerk? I wish I could get any reply on anything from any council member? I have never had a question I asked via township email addresses to our council members answered. Is it possible they are using the "Keep 'em in the dark and feed 'em B.S." as their modus operandi? Hey, it worked on you, YAMMBY, and look what a fine mushroom you turned out to be.
Jimmy August 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
The Mayor and council are crooked they will do anything to keep their dirty little contracts. Common sense shows this little political game they play and the crooked judges they use to get their way to maintain control. Got to step it up to a higher level to change their dirty ways. Go Federal, exposure may be the best means of a shake sown. You've waited long enough
Jimmy August 11, 2012 at 04:32 PM
That clerk is a dirt ball and they are all connect to one man who gives them their marching orders. Camden county is filthy dirty with lies twists and deception. They should be ashamed of themselves for selling out just to gain petty power and pennies They risk losing more then they will gain in the end. Sad!
Darren Gladden August 11, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Jimmy it is really SAD but the battle will go on ..........Keep tune things are going to change once all DO GOODERS come together . Then we must get out the shovels that hold up Leni and start shoveling out the BULL DO DO .......Just care , I do
@xxLouA August 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
That place will never change....BS is BS.......
ymbdfa August 11, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I agree Darren and 1700+ "DO GOODERS" just got together and within 10 days did good, and that speaks volumes. The “Do GOODERS” demand companies stop hiding their donations by using Super Pac’s. It is no surprise SJC had to resort to making people at DMV's sign petitions to get their licenses and registration work done timely, or to now find out they were switching petitions telling people the petitions they were signing were for more parks then actually attaching their signatures to a factious pay to play ordinance that they never intended to sign. That proposed ordinance was so poorly crafted and so blatantly hideous it took SJC 15 months and a ton of fraud to gain 500 less signatures then this group got in 10 days. That should tell you all you need to know about how poorly crafted your buddies petition was and how smart the residence of GT are. Tax Payers want transparency, they understand your petition was designed to hide donations not expose them you should be ashamed of yourselves and embarrassed that not only the court saw SJC's attempt as nothing more than a fraud but the people spoke volumes as to what they want. Here is a fun filled fact that shows how smart the people of GT are: not only couldn't SJC get enough people to sign the petition, they could not even find a Notary in the entire state of NJ to notarize the petitions since they could see the FRAUD your friends at SJC were attempting.
ymbdfa August 11, 2012 at 06:58 PM
NaPauleon, do you know how to read? I never asked you a question at all, this again is another of your lies. My comment is the first one on this story and anyone can scroll up to it and read I never said any of those things you just made up. You really are delusional. You on the other hand placed quotes marks around the following comment: "Keep 'em in the dark and feed 'em B.S." who are you plagiarizing? Who made that quote? You obviously saw it someplace or you would not have put quotes around it, or are that something else you made up. I’d bet you made that up, especially given nobody in history would use such poor grammar in a historic quote. You are nothing more than a chronic liar. You harass everyone on Patch if they have an opinion that does not meld with yours, why? Classic Bully syndrome, your life is lacking so you need to harass everyone else. I pity you. I truly do. You’re pathetic.
Jimmy August 11, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Crooked judges supporting crooked mayor and council. I guess the shake downs up north was meaningless to the south. They feel they are untouchable. This is the capital of corruption. Takes time to close all the loopholes. They'll hang themselves, the pride before the fall
Darren Gladden August 11, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Let's get something RIGHT I support what is right. Now I have not seen your petitions so RELAX yourself . Now were you hug as a child cause you need one , You are so mad at people trying to change things for the Good . By da way I saw another boarded up bussiness Today and hit another pothole and O "Yea wanted to catch a baseball game at the fields that should of been built Today and I can't do that cause everything in this town is a DREAM and in my DREAMS I just want things done and done right so enjoy your weekend and cut down on da sauce you and your PEEPS have done nothing to make this town a slight bit Better ....Just care , I do ...
Paul J. DiBartolo August 11, 2012 at 08:20 PM
You are one sick individual. Here's where you brought me into it in your "first" comment. (BTW, I'm so impressed that you made the first comment. Thanks for drawing that to our attention.) "That’s from Whodini before NaPauleon tries to accuse me of plagiarism again, idiot" (YAMMBY). FYI, "Keep 'em in the dark and feed 'em B.S." is pretty much considered to be in the public domain. Everybody has used it (if you ever worked a real job you would have heard it at work) but nobody can nail down where it actually came from. The quotes make it known that I am quoting an "unknown source" in this case; but in any case I'm not taking credit for it rather I'm acknowledging it's not mine. Didn't your 'spelling teacher' teach you anything, YAMMBY? Poor YAMMBY, schooled in the halls of the Democratic machine.
ymbdfa August 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I understand it's hard for you to know the difference between someone saying why they made a comment and actually asking that person to chime in and distort everything, but as I said prior all anyone has to do is scroll up and read my comment and then yours and even a 4 year old would scratch their head at your childish behavior and idiotic attempts to manipulate my comments. Do you really think placing "..." in the middle of the quote does not change the meaning of what I actually said? Pathetic as usual but what else can anyone expect from you. Chris Christie must be real proud of his investment in you. Then again he should know better than anyone you get what you pay for. The tax payers must really wonder what Christie pays you to embarrass yourself time and time again just to defend the actions of this pathetic Republican Party here in GT.
ymbdfa August 11, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Wow Gladden that was the first honest thing I saw you post in a long time. It takes a big person to admit they are posting negative comments about others efforts to do good things in their town despite having no clue about what they did. Why are you so compelled to criticize this group’s effort when you admit you never even saw the petition? Wouldn’t that be considered hypocritical? Now on to the potholes you have been asked by council, by public works and several bloggers in addition to me, to let public works know where the potholes you hit are located so they can fix them. Did you do this or where you to sauced while driving to remember? Do you remember where it was at tell us so we can make sure it's fixed or do you not care? Just care you don't!
Darren Gladden August 12, 2012 at 01:25 AM
hahaha.... Just drive around the township Wacknut and you will hit them ........Now go drink da sauce until you pass out wacknut
Jimmy August 12, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Crooked judges supporting crooked mayor and council. I guess the shake downs up north was meaningless to the south. They feel they are untouchable. This is the capital of corruption. Takes time to close all the loopholes


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