By Brittany Montgomery
Bayonne City Councilman Gary LaPelusa would like to tell city employees to attend his fundraiser and he doesn’t care if you’re on city time or not. Documents obtained by Bayonne Local (seen below) show that on Tuesday, November 18th Councilman LaPelusa sent a fundraising email to the computers of City Hall Employees and at least one Federal Computer. Both Federal and New Jersey State Laws prohibit the use of government owned property (including email addresses) being used for political campaigning.
Sources inside City Hall say that some recipients of the emails also used government owned paper and ink to print the tickets attached to the email. There even appears to be an email sent to a @house.gov account, which is the official governmental email for United States Congress.
This isn’t the first time Councilman LaPelusa has been at the center of controversy involving campaign finance laws . In 2010, LaPelusa was named as an un-indicted co-conspirator in a check fraud scheme that left his former political ally Anthony Chiappone disgraced. Chiappone plead guilty to multiple campaign finance charges as well as conspiracy. According to sources, the proper authorities have been notified about his blatant disregard for campaign finance laws.
Second Thought: This reporter feels, that the pillars of democracy can only stand strong if all, even notional corruption, is eradicated. But is IS illegal to use government resources for your own political campaign. This reporter thinks the Councilman should issue an apology to those he put in an uncomfortable position and then resign.