A group with strong ties to one of the policy-making owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer, George Norcross, was a leader in statewide New Jersey campaign donations, according to Politicker NJ.

The web site reported on Thursday that  “a Democratic independent expenditure group known to be aided by South Jersey power broker George Norcross III nearly topped the list of special interest spending in the recent statewide election, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.”

“Fund for Jobs, Growth and Security, a Washington D.C.-based super PAC, spent more than $8 million in legislative races during the recent primary and general elections, according to ELEC’s most recent report. It trails the state’s largest spender, the New Jersey Education Association’s Garden State Forward, which spent nearly $14 million in the gubernatorial and legislative races.”

Critics of Norcross have stated his political activity assures conflicts when he attempts to influence editorial decisions.  He and Publisher Bob Hall were restrained last month from firing Editor Bill Marimow.  Norcross’s daughter, Lexie, runs Philly.com, a fee site that is in competition with Inquirer.com, a paid site.

Read more at http://www.politickernj.com/70010/group-ties-norcross-nearly-tops-list-ie-spending#ixzz2medr8v23
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