FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 13, 2021
MCDC RESPONDS TO LATEST EXAMPLES OF REPUBLICAN POLITICAL THEATER AND POWER-GRABBING STUNTS
JOE CARBONE CLAIMS DEMOCRATIC DONORS “JUMPING SHIP” AS BERNIE IACOVANGELO CHALLENGES DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES ON WFP BALLOT LINE AND NEGLECTS TO FILE LEGALLY MANDATED FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES
(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) – In recent weeks, instead of governing and meeting the needs of residents and voters, Monroe County Republicans have stepped up their efforts to engage in political theater at the expense of public service:
• On March 31, 2021, Dr. Joe Carbone, president of the Monroe County Legislature, sent a fundraising appeal claiming, among other things, that Democratic donors are “jumping ship” to support Republican candidates;
• On April 8, 2021, the Monroe County Republican Committee (MCRC) filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court to prohibit 37 Democratic candidates from appearing on the Working Families Party ballot line in the 2021 primary and general elections, which GOP chair Bernie Iacovangelo said “was to ensure that all political parties are held to the same standard under state Election Law;”
• Yet as of April 13, 2021, MCRC has failed to meet the legal deadline to file its first campaign finance report of 2021. Article 14 of NYS election law dictates that committees must file said reports with the New York State Board of Elections (NYS BOE) by January 15, 2021.
“In recent days, myself and others have addressed many of these stunts, but I’d like to further address Joe Carbone’s claim that Democratic donors are leaving our party to support Republican candidates,” said Zach King, Monroe County Democratic Committee (MCDC) Chair. I, like so many others, would like proof of that claim, which should be easy to do by looking at the campaign finance reports that both the Monroe County Democratic and Republican Committees filed with the New York State Board of Elections by January 15. MCDC filed ours, and if you check that filing, you’ll see our donors are coming back – and giving more. But you can’t check the Republican filing because, under the leadership of GOP chairman Bernie Iacovangelo and treasurer John Dedes, the Monroe County Republican Committee has not yet filed their first financial disclosure reports for 2021. The party of “fiscal responsibility” is three months late in filing the very simple reports that every political committee in every county in New York State was required to file.”
King continues: “Maybe Democratic donors are, in fact, “jumping ship” to the GOP, but we don’t know for sure because the Monroe County Republicans have not yet filed their financial disclosures. Maybe widely circulating rumors that the Monroe County GOP is six figures in debt are true, be we don’t know for sure because the Monroe County Republicans have not yet filed their financial disclosure.
“These reports are mandated by Article 14 of NYS election law. And as recently as this past Friday, April 9, in a CITY NEWSPAPER article on the topic of the Republicans’ recent lawsuit against the local Working Families Party, Mr. Iacovangelo said, ‘[the lawsuits’] aim was to ensure that all political parties are held to the same standard under state Election Law.’ Apparently, those same standards do not apply to the Republican party of Monroe County — the very same party that calls itself the “law and order party;” has broken the law.
King added that Republicans’ actions show they know they are on the ropes. “Republicans know that Democrats will continue to win because they are meeting the needs of the people they were elected to serve; meanwhile, it’s business as usual for Joe Carbone, who continues to engage in political theater at the expense of public service while Bernie Iacovangelo fails to file legally-mandated campaign finance reports so that no one can verify Carbone’s outrageous claims. Their stunts demonstrate that their true aim is to maintain power through cynicism at the expense of the public good.
“This is not public service and Monroe County residents deserve better. That is why I am calling on the leadership of the Monroe County Republican Committee to immediately provide their legally mandated campaign finance information to the New York State BOE. Republican donors should be demanding the same.”