Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Councilman Mike DeFusco challenges NJ pols: Give Pupie money back to a good cause

Official release:

Councilman Mike DeFusco Will Donate $5,400 to the American Legion to Build Housing for Homeless Veterans 
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Councilman Mike DeFusco will donate $5,400 to the Hoboken American Legion for the organization to continue building housing for homeless veterans. The donation is the exact dollar amount of contributions made by Frank Raia to Councilman DeFusco’s 2017 mayoral campaign. Councilman DeFusco is meeting with Commander John Carey from Post 107 this morning.
“I have long supported legislation that supports our homeless veterans and helps them rebuild from a vulnerable state,” said Councilman DeFusco. “Politics must work for everybody and the money donated to me from Frank Raia in 2017 has no place in my campaign. Illegal vote buying has tainted the electoral process in Hoboken for decades, stripping residents of their right to let their voices be heard. Frank’s conviction should send a strong message that this type of illegal behavior is unacceptable and those guilty of corruption must be held accountable for their actions. I hope the dozens of local and state leaders and Democratic organizations who have also received contributions from Frank Raia will follow my lead by doing the right thing. Giving his donated money to community organizations will make a positive impact on peoples’ lives for years to come."