Archive for the ‘covid’ Category

UCCF 5/12/22: MV Strategies in NJ

When asked what MV Strategies did and who else they did it for, we got this response:

So these are supposed to be the clients of MV Strategies in New Jersey:

  • Union County
  • Hudson County
  • Camden County
  • Gloucester County
  • Burlington County
  • Middlesex County
  • City of West New York
  • State of New Jersey

If googling is supposed to yield better results than sending in OPRA requests it’s worth a try.

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UCCF 4/28/22: Roasting Paterson

Interested in making your voice heard in Union County? Think again.

You are not going to hear anything substantive about what MV Strategies really did for their $750,000 but you will see more commissioners taking out their hatred of free speech on Bruce Paterson.

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Covid Emergency Costs

When Union County was asked for records concerning Emergency Contracts this is what they came out with. When you total the amount column it comes to $48,196,550. When you total the Amount of EAF column it comes to $162,293,808. What EAF means is anyone’s guess.

Of more interest are the names that appear in the Vendor column including these three:

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UCCF: UCIA; Budget; and Covid Money

Open comments by Bruce Paterson at the 3/24/22 Commissioner meeting elicited this response:

After a sidebar:

What Bruce Paterson had to say:

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Covid Contracts

An OPRA request was placed today for:

All emails, letters, contracts and communications from July 2020-present between Jessica Cohen and MV Strategies, and Edward Oatman and MV Strategies

As CONTRACTS are in this case available for immediate access, we got them and here they are along with a listing of money paid under them through the last month based on check registry data.

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MV Strategies Outreach

According to TAPintoWestfield:

County spokesperson Kelly Martins said that MV Strategies was a key part of the county’s COVID-19 emergency response team, and the county hired the firm to register residents for vaccines and testing across Union County. “We have a few hard-to-reach communities, so we hired MV Strategies to further assist us in these efforts,” said Kelly Martins, spokesperson for the county, on Friday. “They engaged in door-to-door operations as well as phone banking to reach the unvaccinated, educate them about the vaccines, register them for an appointment and bring in pop-up clinics to that area.” Martins pointed to a news release published on local news websites in May 2021 in which the county announced that it would be conducting vaccine outreach door-to-door.

The question then is what was MV Strategies doing before May, 2021 (or more pointedly before November 3, 2020) when they were being paid that $750,000.

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MV Strategies and the Election Connection

According to bizapedia:

MV Strategies LLC is a New Jersey Foreign Limited-Liability Company filed On July 7, 2020. The company’s filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 450510055. The Registered Agent on file for this company is Legalinc Corporate Services Inc. and is located at 301 Route 17 North Suite 800 No. 12-40, Rutherford, NJ 07070. The company’s mailing address is PO Box 39104, Washington, DC 20016. The company has 2 contacts on record. The contacts are Megan Brown from Washington DC and Megan V Brown from Washington DC.

So what did Union County pay MV Strategies LLC $750,000 in Covid money for? According to one line of reasoning, to defeat Donald Trump.

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Who CARES

For those who may be interested in knowing who got Union County’s $67,614,908 in CARES Act funding, then here they are for your perusal. There is a lot to digest which includes several startups, such as:

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N.J. county blocks COVID vaccine finder over concerns it favors ‘white suburban people’

Yes, it is Union County but the story is blocked to non-subscribers of nj.com and it does not appear in their print edition. In case you have a problem finding it, some excerpts:

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