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Beth Mason announces results of internal investigation on hundreds of her campaign violations
In a press release today, Beth Mason announced her family will present a 450 page report detailing an internal investigation she and her husband Richard Mason of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz conducted. The report concludes both are completely vindicated and innocent of any wrong doing.
The report will fully exonerate the Masons of any guilt for the millions in potential fines they face for hundreds of campaign violations as alleged by the state oversight agency going back to the 2009 and 2011 campaigns.
The release is the first public statement by the Mason family since the announcement of their massive malfeasance in campaign violations first announced several weeks ago by NJ ELEC, the state watchdog agency.
The report will be presented today jointly by Hoboken411 and the Hudson Reporter. A press conference will be held joined by Mason's media business partners at the Hudson Reporter office, 12:00 noon.
The release highlights a long list of grievances the Mason family feels are important quoting the councilwoman at length. "Obviously a coordinated campaign out of City Hall to harm my name has been ongoing by a band of Zimmerists who have taken it upon themselves to loudly speak about all forms of corruption in Hoboken and I deeply resent it."
Mason declined to state names but said it was obviously being "orchestrated by the mayor's pr staff" who are countering the efforts of her favorite news sites, Hoboken411 and the Hudson Reporter. "I approve of the news stories on Hoboken411. That stuff is all true. The Hudson Reporter however has really made strides in recent years and caught up."
Noting controversies to her aspiring political career nixing Mason's ability to purchase an Assembly seat most recently she adds, "My family is motivated to sit down with our loyal political operatives both paid and not paid for friendship, review what possible alternatives exists for business victims like us who have similarly been harmed. We're going to take further action. We're entitled to the best civil action money can buy to shut these people up once and for all."
The report will be released not by the North Dakota law firm hired to execute the report, Voyeurs, D'alcool and Ecume but a NJ based non-operating entity, the Kraptos Group. The political consulting firm is an underarm of the Mason family aligned with the Mason Civic League and Newton Lao Leonard & Locke.
The complete details in the lengthy internal report won't be available until later today but one political operative not authorized by the Mason family to comment publicly stated the latest brand of Mason transparency would convince voters of Beth and Richard Mason's innocence stating, "Beth Mason would never lie to Beth Mason. She's going to make sure the Hoboken public understands that."
Some of the key points from the Mason internal report:
- Beth Mason did not agree to a single campaign violation among the hundreds lodged
- Richard Mason of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is equally absolved of any criminality
- Beth Mason did not knowingly abet or induce others to violate hundreds of campaign laws
- Neither Beth her husband Richard Mason nor their de facto treasurers handed out cash for votes
- Beth nor her treasurer husband could be guilty because prepaid credit cards leave no evidence. "ELEC has no way of knowing," the report states.
- All street money converted into cash for votes was a clerical error by low level staff. Some don't speak English and have had final paychecks withheld and were terminated.
- Mason political operatives were questioned independently and to a person each paid Masonista said Mayor Zimmer and her staff were the ones guilty stating, "This is a Zimmerist conspiracy."
- The report concludes: Beth Mason would never lie to Beth Mason.
The complete report will be issued jointly today by Hoboken411 and the Hudson Reporter. It will be made available to members of the public upon request. Any member of the public who wishes a copy should provide their email, internet IP address and any screen names used in the Hoboken blogosphere.
However, if you have previously posted comments on Hoboken411 or the Hudson Reporter there's no need to file as the information has already been provided to Mason representatives.
Beth Mason and Richard Mason of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz assure the Hoboken public everyone will be promptly served.
A spokesman for the law firm of Voyeurs, D'alcool and Ecume said it was pleased with the outcome of the internal Mason investigation writing in the release, "Based on this extensive report there can be no doubt NJ ELEC should promise no punitive action shall be taken and promptly apologize to the Mason family."
NJ ELEC declined comment if it would be issuing an apology saying it needed to read the Mason report in its entirety before considering offsetting factors like the Mason family's statewide political contributions to others.