Ocean County GOP Hires Consultant Who Believes Republican Voters & Trump Supporters Are Racists

Since 2015, the Ocean County Republican Chairman’s PAC has been making thousands of dollars worth of consulting fee payments to Walter L. Fields, Jr., a self-described “race and public affairs” journalist from Paterson who has expressed anti-Republican views, often lambasting white Republican voters and supporters of President Donald Trump as racists in his columns written for his website. With views like that, why is he being hired by the PAC of the state’s most influential Republican chairman?

Who is Walter Fields and why is he on the Ocean County GOP’s payroll?

Fields, who is the executive editor of NorthStarNews.com, describes himself as “an award-winning journalist who has written extensively on matters of race and public policy.” He authors a column on North Star News entitled “Black is…” where he comments on racial and political issues affecting African Americans. Commentary written by Fields is often highly critical of the Republican Party and focuses on race. According to his LinkedIn profile, Fields ran his own political consulting business, Fields Communications, from 1994 to 2005 where he specialized in “contract lobbying and political consulting services.”

Questions Raised By Hiring of Anti-GOP Consultant by Ocean County GOP Chairman’s PAC

From August, 2015 to as recent as March of this year, the Ocean County Republican Chairman’s PAC has been making regular payments to Fields totaling over $41,000. The payments are only vaguely listed on campaign finance disclosures as “consulting fees” and do not specifically list the work done for the county political action committee directed by embattled Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore, who faces a federal criminal investigation over his unpaid taxes.

Attorney Tarver

George Gilmore

According to publicly available campaign finance disclosure reports on file with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, payments made to Fields from the Chairman’s PAC have been sent to the office of South Toms River-based attorney Robert Tarver. Tarver is listed as the legal analyst and general counsel of Fields’ news website.

A contribution sent to Tarver’s law office on behalf of Fields

It is quite surprising that Fields has been consistently hired by the county GOP chairman’s PAC as a consultant because many of the views expressed by Fields in his columns are highly critical of the Republican Party, specifically white Republican voters.

A headline for one of Fields’ articles

Another headline

Fields has criticized white Republicans as “dripping with contempt” for black people when he described the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain as the “beginning of the end” for the party. More recently, Fields provided his readers with a list of reasons why current Republican President Donald Trump may be a “terrorist in the White House.” The Ocean County Republican Organization endorsed Trump in April of 2016.

“The Great White Dope is lowering the Republican Party into its grave and the party has itself to blame,” Fields wrote of the then-presidential candidate in an earlier article. “Its rightward embrace of a racially constructed framework that denies historical injustices, discounts present day racism, casts people of color as leeches, feeds the wealthy and starves the poor, and champions wedge issues to divide Americans by race is shortsighted.”

“I am resigned to the sad realization that the Grand Old Party is infested with hate,” Fields would conclude about the GOP in a 2012 column. But despite that realization, Fields started receiving payments from the Ocean County GOP beginning in 2015.

If the Republican Party is as bad as he says it is, why is Fields taking money from the PAC of Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore? It begs the question. We asked multiple Republican sources familiar with the operation of the Chairman’s PAC, and none of them had a clue as to why Fields was on the payroll.

Fields did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment for this story.

Our compilation of payments

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Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi

Gavin Rozzi is the editor of Ocean County Politics and a lifelong Ocean County resident, residing in Lacey Township. Gavin's work centers on the intersection of money and politics in Ocean County, with a focus on public corruption. He can be reached via email at editor@politicsoc.com or via phone at (848)-667-0840 or on encrypted phone / text app Signal.

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  • Tommy p

    Buying the Black Vote?
    What could possibly go wrong?

    • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

      What Black Vote this is Piney Country

      • Mac

        The first 20 years or so of the 20th century could offer a lot of bearing on Gilmore’s allegiance, but only he and Tarver could know that for sure. It’s also possible supporting a quack making charges is cheaper than someone capable of hitting home runs with the information, but that would be a very surprising stroke of ability from someone like Gilmore.

  • llewellynh

    This is what Al Sharpton is famous for. Threaten to say things that are not true but in order to shut certain people up, fools like GG pay them off. It’s a form of blackmail and suggest that people not donate to any PAC that is run by Republicans in Ocean County.

    Might be wise to try to find out just how many of these creeps are getting paid this way to control the press.

  • TRWatch

    Gilmore’s future cell mate calls the shots in Ocean County:
    http://www.essexdems.org/about/leadership/leroy-jones/

    • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

      The only cell mate Gilmore needs is Mike transition team member Ritacco

  • tr

    Based on what is written in this article it is obvious that this guy has played that silly race card as a means of using scare tactics to extort money not honorably earned. Why are you wasting time talking about what a lower than common street grifter thinks he knows something about? This guy is only good for a laugh. Come on Gavin, your better than that. Let law ennforcement just handle it. We will read all about him then. Just my opinion.

    • I must respectfully decline to just “let law enforcement handle it” and turn a blind eye to what could very well be corruption or some sort of a political payoff masked as “consulting fees.” That’s not the style of journalism I do here. I do not just regurgitate press releases after the fact like some outlets do. To adopt such a position would be a to turn a blind eye to much of the disgusting underbelly of the Ocean County political machine that has been laid bare for the public to see right here on this website. It is through aggregating data and testimony from anonymous sources & whistleblowers, campaign finance disclosures and other public records that I am able to bring the full story to light, much like what I have done with the Gilmore situation. In fact, from the relationships I have developed with those in law enforcement, I have come to learn that my articles can provide investigators with leads, so now that there has been initial exposure of this situation involving Mr. Fields, perhaps there will be attention given by the proper authorities now that this is out in the open and dots have been connected. Indeed, there is far more to this story than the surface level details contained within this story reveal, however this article is limited to the facts I have confirmed at the present moment. As I am able to confirm additional details, I will follow up with what I know and see where the evidence can take us.

      • Ken Bank

        Has Mr. Fields, his lawyer or the Ocean County GOP offered any comment yet?

        • Nope. I left Mr. Fields a voicemail and specifically identified what I’d like to speak to him about over the weekend and have not heard back. All of my info, including email and phone is public, and I know they all read this site so if they decide to comment I am ready and waiting.

    • Im Trump the 25 mil fraud

      My opinion is if you don’t like the story don’t read it or comment on it
      How bout dat
      Look at me I committed Fraud and I’m still the President
      Thanks Trump U

  • TRWatch