Ten Sandy Contractors Give to GOP Group Headed by Christie

Monday, February 03, 2014

The national Republican group that Gov. Christie chairs -- and that helped to elect him governor twice -- collected donations last year from at least 10 companies hired by New Jersey for Sandy relief, WNYC has learned. 

A review of IRS documents released late Friday indicate that the companies, which account for about 10 percent of the private entities hired with federal Sandy funds, donated more than $300,000.

New Jersey’s pay to-play laws restrict the amount of money that contractors that do business with the state can contribute to political candidates. But interest groups like the RGA can take unlimited donations from companies and in turn make unlimited donations to candidates.

In 2009, Christie’s campaign collected $7.5 million in RGA funds. Last year, the RGA gave Christie $1.7 million in his successful reelection bid. 

The donations also indicate that several Sandy companies purchased tickets to attend an RGA conference in Arizona in November, when Christie became chairman of the group and met personally with donors over three days.

The WNYC analysis does not include an exhaustive look at subcontractors hired in the Sandy recovery. For example, New Jersey-based The Conti Group, a subcontractor on the clean-up effort, made an $80,000 donation last year.

Christie's office referred questions to the Republican Governors Association, which noted that these donations make up a very small percentage of their fundraising. The RGA raised more than $50 million last year.

"The RGA raises funds to elect and support Republican governors and we do that in full compliance of all laws," said RGA spokesman Jon Thompson.

These are the Sandy contractors' donations to the RGA in 2013: 

  • CDM Smith: $25,450
  • CGI Federal: $56,350
  • Comcast: $126,350
  • Deloitte: $50,450
  • Ernst & Young: $29,000
  • Gannett Fleming: $10,000
  • George Harms Construction: $35,000
  • Navigant: $25,000
  • Louis Berger Group: $450
  • Witt Group Holding: $25,450


Comments [2]


You missed some very important information. #1.) Witt Holdings is the company of James Lee Witt. Witt O'Brien is also the company of James Lee Witt and you did not include their $25K contribution to the RGA in 2013. James Lee Witt is currently running for congress in Arkansas as a Democrat why is he so generous to the RGA?

Feb. 23 2014 11:14 AM
Bill McNamara from NJ

I am a fan of Chris Christie but if the big guy messed up, he has got to go.

With that said...never knew that Deloitte and Ernst and Young were in the construction business? Thought they were two of the top three US based accounting firms?

Comcast builds homes too? Damn no wonder why my cable TV bill is so damn high!

Fact check much?

I dont have any time to check on the other 7, I will leave that for someone who cares and works in the reporting business.

Feb. 04 2014 06:41 PM

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