Candidate supported by Sipprelle gave thousands to Rush Holt, among others
Halfacre for Congress spokesman Tom Fitzsimmons revealed today that on-and-off Republican Scott Sipprelle and his wife gave $5,200- the maximum amount allowed by law- to Princeton Democratic mayoral candidate Kim Pimley in April of 2007. Pimley is a major Democratic campaign contributor who, at the time of her candidacy, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
One of the major beneficiaries of her donations has been Congressman Rush Holt, to whom Pimley has donated $3,500, according to opensecrets.com, a website which tracks campaign donations.
“The list of Democrats Scott Sipprelle has contributed to continues to grow, and so do the questions about his commitment to Republican principles,” said Fitzsimmons. “Mr. Sipprelle claims to be a true conservative Republican, but time after time he has donated money to people whose values and goals are 180 degrees opposite of real Republicans. He needs to explain why.”
Fitzsimmons continued, “We can all understand being supportive of a neighbor running for office, but giving over $5,000 to a woman who is an ACLU board member and whose list of political donations reads like a Who’s Who of the American left? I may like my neighbors, but if they’re giving thousands of dollars to Rush Holt, Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, their values clearly are not in step with mine and I wouldn’t be supporting them for public office. If this were an isolated incident you might even be able to explain it away, but it isn’t. It’s a troubling pattern, it started years ago, and continued right up until just a few months ago.”
The list of Democrats Sipprelle has donated to now includes:
Democratic Senator Charles Schumer-$1,000
Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman- $1,000 (note: at the time of Mr. Sipprelle’s donation, 8/30/05, Mr. Lieberman was still a Democrat)
Democrat Princeton mayoral candidate Kim Pimley- $5,200 (maximum donation under law made by Mr. Sipprelle and his wife)
June, 2009 (During Cap and Trade and Healthcare debate)
Allen Boyd Jr., (FL-2)- $500
Charles Melancon, (LA-3)- $500
Heath Shuler, (NC-11)- $500
Barron Hill, (IN-9)- $500
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, (SD-1)- $500
Fitzsimmons concluded “In 2007, three weeks after he “re-affiliated” as a Republican, Mr. Sipprelle was giving over $5,000 to a hardcore Democrat in a local election. It is this inconsistent behavior- in his donations and in his registration history- which have led many 12th District voters to question his commitment to core Republican values. This year more than any in recent memory, actions speak louder than words. Mike Halfacre is a mayor who has cut property taxes by adhering to traditional Republican values; Scott Sipprelle is a wealthy Wall Street insider who is talking like a Republican now, but has shown by his actions that those words are suspect at best. That is why, six times out of six, citizens who have had a chance to review both candidates’ records, have chosen Mike Halfacre over Mr. Sipprelle and why Mike Halfacre is the best candidate to defeat Rush Holt in November.”