We Are the Ones Paying for Union Endorsements

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO announced their 2018 endorsements for political office this week and the headline news was that there was a Republican among the 20 lucky politicians. One of those Democrats endorsed was Linda Carter in District 22 who was a Union County freeholder back on December 17, 2015 when she listened to this pitch:

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This and a resolution the next year passed unanimously:

2015-1098: Authorizing the County Manager to award a contract through a fair and open process by way of an RFQ, to provide social and human services that educate, empower and uplift working families under the We Are One New Jersey Project, We Are One New Jersey Inc., Trenton, New Jersey, for a period starting on January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016, with the option of an additional year extension, in an amount not to exceed $245,000.

2016-1035: Authorizing the County Manager to extend the agreement with We Are One New Jersey Inc., Trenton, NJ, to provide social and human services that educate, empower and uplift working families, under the We Are One New Jersey Project, for the period commencing January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 in an amount not to exceed $245,000; the County is exercising the option of an additional one year extension as stated in the RFP of December 2015.

Here are the 990-EZ forms for We Are One New Jersey, Inc.:

which show total grants by year:

  • 2014: $1,000
  • 2015: $157,970
  • 2016: $170,467

with salaries paid out:

  • 2014: $0
  • 2015: $21,345
  • 2016: $215,850

Per the Union County Check Registry payments by year:

  • 2016: $115,192
  • 2017: $157,731
  • 2018: $66,931

And the trustees of We Are One:

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