Hurley: Committee Chairperson Trying to Sweep $10,000 Check Under The Rug?
WPG's Harry Hurley has learned and confirmed that the Atlantic City Democratic Committee Chairperson, Joyce Mollineaux, attempted to “sweep under the rug” the controversy surrounding a $10,000 contribution from the Atlantic County Democratic Committee.
As we reported last week, this $10,000 contribution never made it to the local Atlantic City Committee.
The check was generated by the Atlantic County Democratic Committee and made payable to: Atlantic City Dem. Comm.
However, Mayor Frank Gilliam, Jr. intercepted it and deposited the $10,000 check directly into his own campaign account. Gilliam signed the back of the check for deposit to his campaign account (see exhibit).
In major breaking news, I have learned that Mollineaux wanted to make it all go away and have Gilliam simply return the $10,000 contribution back to the Atlantic City Democratic Committee.
I have been advised that a majority of the Atlantic City Democratic Committee is not satisfied with this potential scheme.
They believe that they needed the $10,000 to help get out the vote in this past November 7, 2017, General Election.
I have also learned that a Special Meeting of the Atlantic City Democratic Committee will take place later this week. It is being called for by the rank-and-file members.
A vote of no confidence in Mollineaux as Chairperson will take place. If this vote is successful, a second vote will take place to remove her as Chairperson.
If successful, the Atlantic City Democratic Committee will next contact law enforcement to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding how this $10,000 wound up in Gilliam’s campaign account.
Multiple sources have told me that there are other checks that Gilliam deposited that were made payable to other(s).
There also appears to be a New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission issue, because the Atlantic County Democratic Committee gave Gilliam the maximum $37,000 contribution.
Gilliam exceeded this by also depositing the additional $10,000, which should have gone to the Atlantic City Democratic Committee.
Gilliam did report both contributions on his campaign ELEC report. However, the Atlantic City Democratic Committee didn’t know about the $10,000 contribution that was made payable to them until last week, while they were reconciling and preparing to vote at their last regular meeting.