Get ready for more big money to be injected into local races: some familiar names are behind the SolutionsNJ Super PAC being launched next week by area Republican operatives and bundlers.
Jackson based GOP consultant Chris Russell – best known as being the man behind many of those political attack mailers – has teamed up with his fellow Republicans to form a Super PAC that will target local races.
“Our organization is committed to electing common sense conservative candidates at the local level who will become the next generation of Republican leaders throughout the state,” said founders Chris Russell and Rick Rosenberg, Jr. in a statement.
According to the group’s filing with the Federal Election Commission, Brittany Brinkman, also of Jackson, has been named treasurer of the political action committee.
The group is set to hold a kickoff event and GOP networking reception next week in Holmdel, according to its website. The event’s host committee features many well-known Ocean County Republicans, including:
Lacey attorney Christopher Dasti, and his wife Elaine. Mr. Dasti is the son of Ocean County GOP finance chairman Jerry Dasti. The Dasti firm represents municipalities and local MUAs.
Lakewood Municipal Utilities Authority Executive Director Justin Flancbaum
Lacey Township Republican Club Vice President Jerry Conaty, an accountant employed by Holman Frenia Allison, which receives contracts as auditors for much of Ocean County’s towns.
Frank Luna, Chief of Staff to Congressman Tom MacArthur and Campaign Manager.
Super PACs A Controversial, But Powerful Tool For Influencing Elections
In the wake of the landmark Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, the floodgates were opened to so-called super political action committees (“Super PACs”). Super PACs are different in the sense that they are not allowed to directly coordinate with the candidates they support, however they can spend virtually limitless sums of money on advertising, for or against candidates. They have been most active on a national level, where presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have criticized them. Last year, Republicans founded another PAC, the Shore Republican Finance Committee, which involved similar players. This article provides a good overview of the controversy surrounding Super PACs.