October 21, 2005


Corzine's charitable donations questioned (DONNA DE LA CRUZ, October 21, 2005, AP)

New Jersey Sen. Jon Corzine, a former Wall Street executive with a portfolio worth $261 million, has been giving some of his money to black churches, raising questions about whether it's generosity or politics.

The Democrat, who is in a tight race for governor, donated or loaned more than $2.5 million last year to black churches. He has received the endorsement of more than two dozen black ministers.

"Blatant quid pro quo-ism," said Democrat Walter Fields, Jr., former political director of New Jersey's NAACP. "We have always had wealthy candidates running for office. What we have never had is that individual wealth being used in such a direct way, and somehow we're supposed to look the other way."

Corzine, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs, has defended his giving and cited the millions he has given to other organizations as well, including Planned Parenthood ...

Doug Forrester can certainly afford to cough up some competing walkin' around money.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2005 5:45 PM

Things were looking ok for Forrester a week or so ago. But Corzine's lead in the polls is increasing again and this shows he will do what he needs to, along with the Dem machine, to get the governorship.

Posted by: AWW at October 21, 2005 9:06 PM

Barring some new revelation against Corzine in the final 10 two weeks, the election will break his way, even though Forrester's commercials have a little more meat in them than Corzine's (who seems to think George W. Bush is seeking the Trenton statehouse).

Posted by: John at October 22, 2005 12:30 AM

And no mention that these church "donations" are tax-deductible for the good Senator - thus the taxpayers are subsidizing his bribery.

Posted by: obc at October 22, 2005 12:07 PM

This sort of thing goes on all the time. Democrat political rallies attended by candidates are common in Negro churches in our city.

If the rules mean anything election laws and tax laws should be enforced without regard to race. We should want to know if the particular recipients of Corzine's largess have reciprocated.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 22, 2005 11:48 PM