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NJ ELEC v. John Leadbeater, Candidate for Mayor of Kearny in 2009 Gene


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Guest Filed March 27, 2013

Available at

http://www.elec.state.nj.us/ELECReport/ComplaintsFDDetailReport.aspx?Report=All&DateReleased=4%2f3%2f2013

NEW JERSEY ELECTION LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION

P.O. Box 185

Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0185

NEW JERSEY ELECTION LAW

ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION,

Complainant,

v.

JOHN LEADBEATER,

Candidate for the Office of Mayor,

Town of Kearny

Hudson County,

and

KATHRYN LEADBEATER,

Campaign Treasurer,

Respondents.

COMPLAINT AND NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR A HEARING FOR LATE FILING OF REPORTS AND OF CONTRIBUTION AND EXPENDITURE INFORMATION AND FOR FAILURE TO MAKE ELECTION-RELATED PAYMENTS BY CHECK IN THE 2009 GENERAL ELECTION

C-G 0913 07 02 G2009

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (hereafter, the Commission) hereby files a complaint against John Leadbeater (hereafter, the Respondent Candidate) and Kathryn Leadbeater (hereafter, the Respondent Treasurer), and offers the Respondent Candidate and the Respondent Treasurer an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” N.J.S.A. 52:14B-1 et seq., to determine whether or not the Respondent Candidate and the Respondent Treasurer had the responsibility under the terms of “The New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act,” N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1, et seq., (hereafter, the Act) for the filing of campaign reports or information required to be filed pursuant to the Act, and to determine whether or not the Respondent Candidate and the Respondent Treasurer failed, neglected, or omitted to file any such report or information at the time and in the manner prescribed by law, or in any other way violated the provisions of the Act, and are therefore subject to penalties provided by the Act. The hearing will be conducted under the legal authority and jurisdiction conferred upon the Commission to impose penalties for violations of the Act, specifically Sections 6(B) and 22.

The Commission, by way of Complaint, alleges:

COUNT ONE

PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT:

  1. John Leadbeater sought election to the Office of Mayor in the Town of Kearny, Hudson County, in the 2009 general election, held on November 3, 2009. Hereafter in this Complaint, John Leadbeater shall be referred to as the Respondent Candidate.
  2. The Respondent Candidate established a candidate committee to receive contributions and make expenditures for his 2009 general election candidacy.
  3. The Respondent Candidate established a campaign depository for the purpose of receiving and depositing contributions and making expenditures on behalf of his 2009 general election candidacy. The Respondent Candidate’s campaign depository was maintained at Kearny Federal Savings Bank in Kearny, N.J.
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Guest Main St Title = L. Vartan

Reading the State Complaint against John Leadbeater. The contributor "Main St. Title" employed former Mayor Leo Vartan in "public relations" when Leadbeater ran. Some things never change.

COUNT THREE

PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT:

  1. The Proposed Findings of Fact contained in Counts One and Two of this Complaint are repeated and incorporated herein as if set forth in full below.
  2. The Respondent Candidate and the Respondent Treasurer certified as correct and filed with the Commission on February 9, 2010, a Form R-1 (Report of Contributions and Expenditures) as an 11-day preelection report for the 2009 general election, to report contributions and expenditures for the time period beginning with the first transaction made on October 3, 2009 through October 20, 2009 (hereafter, the 11-day preelection report period).
  3. During the 11-day preelection report period for the 2009 general election, the Respondent Candidate and the Respondent Treasurer received and deposited, or caused to be deposited, two contributions in excess of $300.00, totaling $1,500.00, as follows:
    1. $500.00 contributed by check no. 3342, drawn on the account of “Bibb’s Auto Recycling Inc.,” deposited on or around October 9, 2009; and
    2. $1000.00 contributed by check no. 4134, drawn on the account of “Towne Auto Sales, Inc.,” deposited on or around October 9, 2009.
  4. The Respondent Candidate and the Respondent Treasurer reported for the first time on Schedule A (“Monetary Contributions in Excess of $300 and All Currency Contributions”), filed on February 9, 2010, contributor information for the receipt of two contributions in excess of $300.00, totaling $1,500.00 for the 11-day preelection report period for the 2009 general election.

COUNT SIX

PROPOSED FINDINGS OF FACT:

  1. The Proposed Findings of Fact contained in Counts One through Five of this Complaint are repeated and incorporated herein as if set forth in full below.
  2. The Respondent Candidate and the Respondent Treasurer reported for the first time, on Schedule A (“Monetary Contributions in Excess of $300 and All Currency Contributions”), filed on February 9, 2010, on the 20-day postelection report as described in paragraph four of the Proposed Findings of Fact in Count Five, above, contributor information for the receipt of one contribution in excess of $300.00, in the amount of $500.00, for the 20-day postelection report period for the 2009 general election, as follows:
    1. $500.00 contributed by check, drawn on the account of “Main St. Title & Settlement” reported as received on or around October 29, 2009.
  3. The Respondent Candidate and the Respondent Treasurer reported for the first time, on Schedule B (“In-kind Contributions in Excess of $300”) of the April 23, 2010 amended 20-day postelection report, as described in paragraph five of the Proposed Findings of Fact in Count Five, above, contributor information for in-kind contributions totaling $1,542 made by the Respondent Candidate and relevant to the 20-day postelection report period.
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On Main Street Tittle's website, under "Notable Transactions" it lists the following:

Continuing Education
Kearny, New Jersey
$180,000,000.

What the hell is that? RED FLAG!

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