Dominion Voting Systems, the company that receives contracts to supply voting machines and related equipment for Ocean County, was among the companies and interest groups that hired 1868 Public Affairs, a lobbying firm with ties to Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore, during the year 2016, an OCP analysis of lobbying disclosure data revealed.
Publicly available lobbying disclosure data released earlier in March by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), the state’s camapaign finance watchdog agency, showed whose interests are being pushed by the lobbying firm tied to influential Ocean County GOP chieftain George Gilmore.
Dominion Voting Systems, which supplies the voting machines for Ocean County elections, paid the firm $90,000 to lobby on its behalf last year, according to the data.
Our Turn NJ, a group that pushed last year’s failed referendum to expand casino gambling to northern New Jersey, spent the most and paid $490,781.16 to the firm.
Cooper University Healthcare, a Camden County-based hospital system with ties to powerful South Jersey Democratic boss George Norcross paid $60,000 to 1868.
FanDuel and DraftKings, two online sports betting companies, also retained the lobbying firm.
The full list is as follows (with chart added for comparison):