PTP: Auditors Suplee, Clooney & Co.

2016-60: Awarding a contract to Suplee,Clooney & Company, Westfield, New Jersey, to provide statutory audits of accounts of the County of Union and its agencies from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.


Notice – no answer as to what they are charging or how far back they go (they have done every audit this century though the county website only goes back to 2007).

From the NJELEC website you find scores of campaign contributions from the company and individual employees. Through 2006 they were openly giving to the Union County Democrat Committee but lately it has been to Surrogate James LaCorte and political committees in different towns (even one Republican Committee) as you can see from this spreadsheet. Among the highlights:

Union County Democratic Committee

  • 9/28/84: $100
  • 10/27/99 $350
  • 6/10/02 $250
  • 10/26/02 $400
  • 10/24/04 $400
  • 10/24/06 $1,250 total from four employees of $250 each

James S. LaCorte Surrogate

  • 4/2/09 $600
  • 3/27/14 $500
  • 4/14/14 $295

Roselle Democratic Committee: 11/9/09 $1,180 from four employees of $295 each

Cranford Democratic Committee

  • 4/30/12 $295
  • 6/28/12 $300

Clark Democratic Committee: 9/12/12 $250

Scotch Plains Republican Committee: 5/27/09 $400




UCWA Meeting Announcement: a meeting of the UCWA board will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7pm at the offices of the Union County Watchdog Association (1155 W. Chestnut Street, Suite 2B, Union) and all are invited.

We are looking to expand our volunteer (and paid) base to cover better the workings of Union County government, specifically as it pertains to each municipality.  Ideally we would want one representative from each town to report on issues that come up as it may relate to the county. You could be anonymous or get a blog byline but of most importance is not to miss anything as it germinates or you too could wake up one day with bulldozers in your park.

No need to confirm.  There is a large meeting area and drop-ins will be welcome.  You can get directions here (it’s right next to Costco). There is plenty of parking behind the building. You have to enter from the W. Chestnut Street side and go up two floors to Suite 2B. This invitation will be on the bottom of the next few blogs as a reminder but if you have any questions or comments you can always email me at or call (973)-783-4477 or even comment here.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bpaterson on January 29, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    one has to wonder if the county dem committee actually works the system from November elections backwards—first in January they determine how much donation money they expect to need for their freeholder and local campaigns for the june primary and november elections. Then they pull out the trusty ol’ list of the professionals, contractors and lawfirms who do the donating. Doesn’t make a difference if the companies or firms do quality work, or actually win any lawsuits. Then the county dem comm behind closed door sit the freeholders down and explain their expense needs. The FH’s nod their empty heads like good little puppets. Lastly the freeholders and the county minions in the course of the year create make-work and fake-contracts to the companies that will donate on the quid pro quo system. For the lawfirms, they also sit county counsel Barry down and tell him whatever lawsuits come up, make sure the work goes to the “right” lawfirms examples like decotiis, bauch, palumbo.

    So from the first freeholder meeting in January all the way until November/December, the public watches the HALF BILLION DOLLAR county budget of taxmonies flowing particularly to those donors who turn around and funnel some of it to the FH and their cronies election coffers.

    Soprano County has perfected legalized corruption.


  2. Posted by ReadsLikeAMafiaBook on January 29, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Never mind Matt Boxer came out with a scathing report that linked auditors to pay to play and recommended that government entities change auditors every five years and linked pay to play like Suplee who, obviously, win these contracts BECAUSE of play to play. IT IS SO OBVIOUS what is going on. Boxer also recommended that his findings be incorporated into law 8 years ago. No action has ever been taken.

    Obviously NJ lawmakers like play to pay regardless how it hurts taxpayers who pay for these services that don not service the very people who pay for the auditors which auditors I imagine have to agree with its client who hired them, i.e. the Union County Freeholders.

    IT’S SICK.


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