Press Releases
All press releases and press advisories are sent to the State House Press Corps. If you would like a copy of a specific news release, please contact the Commission at (609) 292-8700.
 
PRESS ADVISORY - December 12‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at the State House Annex, 125 West State Street, Committee Room 6, Trenton, New Jersey. The Agenda* is as follows:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Approval of Public Session Minutes for November 20, 2007.
  3. Approval of Public Session Minutes for November 29, 2007 special meeting.
  4. Executive Director’s Report - The Executive Director will discuss staff activities, legislative developments, clean elections surveys, a 2007 Legislative Elections spending summary, and the winter meeting schedule.
  5. Public Hearing concerning Administration of the 2007 Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project (P.L. 2007, c.60) - A public hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m. to receive public comment as part of the Commission’s review and analysis of the 2007 Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project.
  6. Public Comments – The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  7. Executive Session.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on the items listed above and on items not listed above that arise after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - November 14‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at the Commission’s office at 28 West State Street, 12th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey. The Agenda is as follows*:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Approval of Public Session Minutes for October 23, 2007.
  3. Executive Director’s Report - The Executive Director will discuss computer developments and recent staff activities.
  4. Report on the 2007 Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project - The Commission will review steps taken since the October 23rd meeting to implement the 2007 Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project (P.L.2007, c.60).
  5. Public Comments – The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  6. Executive Session.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on the items listed above and on items not listed above that arise after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - November 28‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a special telephonic meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2007, at the Commission’s office at 28 West State Street, 12th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey. This special meeting is being held pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-9 and is necessary to deal with an urgent matter of importance and of concern to the public interest about the application of the pay-to-play laws to nonprofit entities. A delay for the purpose of providing adequate notice might result in harm to the public interest. The Commission could not have foreseen the need for this meeting at a time when adequate notice could have been provided. The special meeting will be limited to discussion of the matter of importance.

The Agenda is as follows*:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Discussion of application of the pay-to-play laws to nonprofit entities in light of proposed legislation to amend such laws. The Commission has received a request from Leon Sokol, Esq., representing the New Jersey Senate, informing the Commission that legislation to amend the pay-to-play statutes in order to exempt not-for-profit entities has been prepared for introduction and consideration when both Houses of the Legislature convene in December. Mr. Sokol respectfully requests that the Commission delay the filing deadline of November 30, 2007 applicable to non-profit entities and their officers and directors, to January 15, 2008, the date of a scheduled Commission meeting, in order to give the Legislature sufficient time to consider such legislation.
  3. Public Comments – The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on the items listed above and on items not listed above that arise after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - November 20‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

COMMISSION MEETING SCHEDULE FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2008

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has announced its meeting schedule for 2008. Unless otherwise indicated in the future, meetings will be held at the Commission’s offices at 28 West State Street, 12th Floor, in Trenton. It is anticipated that meetings will begin at 11:00 a.m., unless otherwise indicated.

January 15
February 19
March 18
April 15
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 19
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 16
 
PRESS ADVISORY - November 14‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at the Commission’s office at 28 West State Street, 12th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey. The Agenda is as follows*:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Approval of Public Session Minutes for October 23, 2007.
  3. Executive Director’s Report - The Executive Director will discuss computer developments and recent staff activities.
  4. Report on the 2007 Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project - The Commission will review steps taken since the October 23rd meeting to implement the 2007 Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project (P.L.2007, c.60).
  5. Public Comments – The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  6. Executive Session.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on the items listed above and on items not listed above that arise after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 24‚ 2007

Press Advisory

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission voted on October 23, 2007 to suspend temporarily the pay-to-play filing deadline for nonprofit business entities until November 30, 2007. The annual statement will report contract and contribution information for calendar year 2006.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 17‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at the Commission’s office at 28 West State Street, 12th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey. The Agenda is as follows*:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Approval of Public Session Minutes for September 25, 2007.
  3. Executive Director’s Report - The Executive Director will discuss staff activities, upcoming Commission publications, pay-to-play disclosure reporting, legislative financial activity in the fall election, and the end-of-the-year meeting schedule.
  4. Application of Pay-to-Play Disclosure to Nonprofit Business Entities - The Commission will discuss the impact of an anticipated Attorney General opinion on the deadline for filing the business entity annual disclosure statement which has been postponed to October 30, 2007 for nonprofit business entities.
  5. Code of Ethics for Commissioners and Employees – The Commission will discuss possible supplements to the State Uniform Ethics Code to address the particular needs of ELEC.
    2007 Clean Elections Program Report – The Commission will review steps taken since the September 25th meeting to implement the 2007 Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project (P.L.2007, c.60).
  6. Public Comments – The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  7. Executive Session.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on the items listed above and on items not listed above that arise after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 15‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has rescheduled the Commission meeting scheduled for October 16, 2007. The next meeting of the Commission will be held on October 23, 2007. The Agenda will be announced prior to the meeting. Thank you.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 12‚ 2007

Press Advisory

On Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., the third quarterly report of the two State Political Party Committees and the four Leadership Committees, filed on or before October 15, 2007, will be available for public inspection at the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) at 28 West State Street, 13th floor, in Trenton, NJ and on ELEC’s website (www.elec.state.nj.us).

On Monday, October 22, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., the third quarterly report of 2007 political party committees and continuing political committees, and campaign committees, filed on or before October 15, 2007, will be available on the ELEC website and for public inspection at ELEC.

These reports represent the disclosure of financial activity from July 1, 2007 through September 30, 2007.

If you wish to inspect the reports, or if you wish that ELEC staff provide you with photocopies, please place your request for information on a Government Records Request Form. The Government Records Request Form can be found at ELEC’s office or as a link on its website or online at: http://www.nj.gov/lps/opra.

If you wish to access the third quarterly reports through ELEC’s website, but you do not have access to the Internet, the public records room is equipped with Internet-ready terminals for your use, at no charge. There is no charge for the first 50 pages of reports printed from the Internet stations or the photocopier in the public records room. Thereafter, a graduated fee schedule as provided in the “Open Public Records Act” will apply. Thank you for your cooperation.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 9‚ 2007

Press Release

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has announced the following disclosure calendar for reports filed by candidates and committees participating in the 2007 General Election:

October 12, 2007 29-day pre-election
October 30, 2007 11-day pre-election
December 3, 2007 20-day post-election

These reports will be available for public inspection after 10:00 a.m. on ELEC’s website and at its offices at 28 West State Street, 13th floor, in Trenton, NJ. ELEC’s website address is: www.elec.state.nj.us

Reports filed for the 2007 General Election reflect the financial activity of candidates and committees. Copies of the reports can also be reviewed at the county clerk's office where the candidate seeks office.

If you wish to inspect the reports, or if you wish that ELEC staff provide you with photocopies, please place your request for information on a Government Records Request Form. The Government Records Request Form can be found at ELEC’s office or as a link on its website.

If you wish to access the reports through ELEC’s website, but you do not have access to the Internet, the public records room is equipped with Internet-ready terminals for your use, at no charge. A photocopier is also available for your use in the public records room. There is no charge for the first 50 pages of reports printed from the Internet stations or the photocopier in the public records room. Thereafter, a graduated fee schedule will apply. We appreciate your cooperation.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 5‚ 2007

Press Release

Pursuant to the New Jersey Fair and Clean Elections Act (P.L.2007, c.60), certified Clean Elections candidates must participate in two general election debates as a condition of receipt of public funds. Noncertified candidates may elect to participate in the debates.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), announced today that general election debates for Senate and General Assembly candidates in the 14th, 24th, and 37th legislative districts will occur as follows:

District 14

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. (Assembly candidates); Monroe Township High School Auditorium; Sponsored by The League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund.
  • Monday, October 15, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. (Senate candidates); South Brunswick Senior Center, 540 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction; Sponsored by the Home News Tribune.
  • Monday, October 22, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. (Senate and Assembly candidates); Steinert High School Auditorium, 2900 Klockner Road, Hamilton; Sponsored by The League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area.

District 24

  • Monday, October 8, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. (Senate and Assembly candidates); The Performing Arts Center, Mount Olive High School, 18 Corey Road, Flanders; Sponsored by the Daily Record.
  • Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. (Senate and Assembly candidates); The Theatre Building, Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Road, Newton; Sponsored by The League of Women Voters of Sussex Highlands and the New Jersey Herald.

District 37

  • Monday, October 15, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. (Senate and Assembly candidates); Hackensack Civic Center, 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack; Sponsored by New Jersey Citizens Action Fund and New Jersey Citizen Action.
  • Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. (Senate and Assembly candidates); Ciccone Theatre, Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus; Sponsored by The League of Women Voters, the Record and Bergen Community College.
 
PRESS ADVISORY - September 28‚ 2007

Press Advisory

On Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., the first Business Entity Annual Statements, due to be filed by September 28, 2007, will be available on the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission's (ELEC) website (www.elec.state.nj.us).

These reports represent the disclosure of contract and contribution activity by business entities that have received $50,000 or more in the aggregate through public contracts and agreements in calendar year 2006. If you wish to inspect the reports at the Commission's office, or if you wish ELEC staff to provide you with photocopies, please place your request for information on a Government Records Request Form. The Government Records Request Form can be found at ELEC’s office or as a link on its website or online at: www.nj.gov/lps/opra.

If you wish to access the reports through ELEC’s website, but do not have access to the Internet, the ELEC public records room is equipped with Internet-ready terminals for your use, at no charge. There is no charge for the first 50 pages of reports printed from the Internet stations or the photocopier in the public records room. Thereafter, a graduated fee schedule as provided in the “Open Public Records Act” will apply. We appreciate your cooperation.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - September 25‚ 2007

Press Advisory

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission today temporarily suspended the pay-to-play filing deadline for nonprofit business entities only.

Citing a pending opinion from the Office of the Attorney General as to whether or not nonprofit business entities should be subject to pay-to-play disclosure requirements, the Commission acted to suspend the deadline until October 30, 2007. The Commission took this action under its authority to relax its rules.

The Commission will review the issue at its next meeting on October 23, 2007.

For-profit business entities are still required to file the annual disclosure statement on September 28, 2007.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - September 20‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2007, at the Commission's office at 28 West State Street, 12th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey. The Agenda is as follows*:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Approval of Public Session Minutes for July 17 and September 11, 2007.
  3. Executive Director's Report - The Executive Director will discuss ELEC’s budget, staff activities, conference news, and the fall meeting schedule.
  4. Code of Ethics for Commissioners and Employees - The Commission will discuss possible supplements to the State Uniform Ethics Code to address the particular needs of ELEC.
  5. 2007 Clean Elections Program Report - The Commission will review steps taken since the July 17th meeting to implement the 2007 Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project (P.L.2007, c.60).
  6. Discussion of Application of Pay-to-Play Laws to Non Profit Entities - The Commission will discuss application of Pay-to-Play Laws to Non Profit Entities.
  7. Public Comments - The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  8. Executive Session.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on the items listed above and on items not listed above that arise after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - September 6‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a telephonic meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at the Commission's office at 28 West State Street, 12th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey. The Agenda is as follows*:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Advisory Opinion Request No. 03-2007. The Commission will discuss a request for an advisory opinion received from Alison Littell McHose, a 2007 general election Clean Elections candidate for General Assembly in the 24th Legislative District. Candidate McHose has asked questions concerning payment of outstanding obligations remaining from her 2007 primary election candidacy.
  3. Advisory Opinion Request No. 04-2007. The Commission will discuss a request for an advisory opinion received from Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc. (Hartz Mountain), a business entity, concerning application of recently-enacted pay-to-play annual disclosure requirements, N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.27 and N.J.A.C. 19:25-26, to the business entity and a continuing political committee. An employee of Hartz Mountain is a member and director of the continuing political committee.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on items not listed above arising after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - August 10‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has cancelled the Commission meeting scheduled for August 14, 2007. The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for September 25, 2007. Thank you.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - July 12‚ 2007

Press Advisory

On Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., the second quarterly report of the two State Political Party Committees and the four Leadership Committees, filed on or before July 16, 2007, will be available for public inspection at the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) at 28 West State Street, 13th floor, in Trenton, NJ and on ELEC’s website (www.elec.state.nj.us).

On Monday, July 23, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., the second quarterly report of 2007 political party committees and continuing political committees, and campaign committees, filed on or before July 16, 2007, will be available on the ELEC website and for public inspection at ELEC.

These reports represent the disclosure of financial activity from April 1, 2007 through June 30, 2007. If you wish to inspect the reports, or if you wish that ELEC staff provide you with photocopies, please place your request for information on a Government Records Request Form. The Government Records Request Form can be found at ELEC’s office or as a link on its website or online at: http://www.nj.gov/lps/opra.

If you wish to access the second quarterly reports through ELEC’s website, but you do not have access to the Internet, the public records room is equipped with Internet-ready terminals for your use, at no charge. There is no charge for the first 50 pages of reports printed from the Internet stations or the photocopier in the public records room. Thereafter, a graduated fee schedule as provided in the “Open Public Records Act” will apply. Thank you for your cooperation.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - July 11‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17, 2007, at the Commission's office at 28 West State Street, 12th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey. The Agenda* is as follows:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Approval of Public Session Minutes for June 19, 2007.
  3. Executive Director's Report - The Executive Director will discuss Commissioner news, a budget update, national news, a computer update, staff activities, and the fall meeting schedule.
  4. 2007 Clean Elections Program Report -The Commission will review steps taken since the June 19th meeting to implement the 2007 Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project (P.L.2007, c.60).
  5. Public Comments - The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  6. Executive Session.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on items not listed above arising after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - June 15‚ 2007

Press Advisory

On Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., Personal Financial Disclosure Statements filed by independent legislative candidates who are participating in the 2007 general election will be available for public inspection at the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

These reports are required to be filed by legislative candidates and represent personal financial activity during the calendar year preceding the election. For the 2007 election, the calendar year of coverage is January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006. All Personal Financial Disclosure Statements filed by independent candidates who are participating in the 2007 general election will be available for review in the public records room on the 13th floor of 28 West State Street in Trenton. If you wish to purchase photocopies, please place your request for information on a Government Records Request Form. The Government Records Request Form can be found at ELEC’s office or as a link on its web site. If you wish to photocopy a report, a photocopier is available in the public records room. There will be no charge for the first 50 pages of reports printed from the photocopier in the public records room. Thereafter, a graduated fee schedule will apply.

We appreciate your cooperation.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - June 14‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at the Commission's office at 28 West State Street, 12th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey. The Agenda* is as follows:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Approval of Public Session Minutes for May 15, 2007.
  3. Executive Director's Report - The Executive Director will discuss a computer update, staff activities, legislative developments, and the summer meeting schedule.
  4. Adoption of Proposed Amendments to Commission Rules Concerning Lobbying - The Commission will discuss adoption of proposed amendments to Subchapter 20, Lobbyists and Governmental Affairs Agents, N.J.A.C. 19:25-20. The proposed amendments are intended to clarify lobbying reporting requirements which were enacted as a result of changes made in 2004 to the Legislative and Governmental Process Activities Act, N.J.S.A. 52:13C-18 et seq.
  5. Advisory Opinion Request No. 01-2007 - The Commission will discuss a request for an advisory opinion received from Ms. Patricia Hero, a 2006 general election candidate in Linden (Union County). Ms. Hero has asked whether or not she may use candidate committee funds to pay the costs of medical care she received as a result of an injury sustained while campaigning.
  6. Advisory Opinion Request No. 02-2007 - The Commission will discuss a request for an advisory opinion received from New Jersey Organization for a Better State (NEW JOBS), a continuing political committee, and Cooper, Levenson, April, Niedelman, Wagenheim, P.A., a law firm. The inquiry concerns application of recently-enacted pay-to-play annual disclosure requirements, N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.27 and N.J.A.C. 19:25-26, to the continuing political committee and the law firm.
  7. 2007 Clean Elections Program Report - The Commission will review steps taken since the May 15th meeting to implement the 2007 Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project (P.L.2007, c.60).
  8. Public Comments - The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  9. Executive Session.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on items not listed above arising after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - June 1‚ 2007

Press Advisory

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has announced the following disclosure calendar for reports filed by the candidates and committees participating in the 2007 June Runoff Election

June 5, 2007 11-day pre-election
July 6, 2007 20-day post-election

These reports will be available for public inspection after 10:00 a.m. on ELEC’s website and at its offices at 28 West State Street, 13th floor, in Trenton, NJ. ELEC’s website address is: www.elec.state.nj.us

These reports reflect the disclosure of financial activity of candidates and committees. Copies of these reports can also be reviewed at the county clerk's office in the county where the candidate seeks office.

If you wish to inspect the reports, or if you wish that ELEC staff provide you with photocopies, please place your request for information on a Government Records Request Form. The Government Records Request Form can be found at ELEC’s office or as a link on its website.

If you wish to access the reports through ELEC’s website, but do not have access to the Internet, the public records room is equipped with Internet-ready terminals for your use, at no charge. If you wish to photocopy a report, a photocopier is available for your use in the public records room. There is no charge for the first 50 pages of reports printed from the Internet stations or the photocopier. Thereafter, a graduated fee schedule will apply. If you wish that ELEC staff provide you with photocopies, a fee will be assessed for each copy.

We appreciate your cooperation.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - May 9‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at the Commission's office at 28 West State Street, 12th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey. The Agenda* is as follows:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Approval of Public Session Minutes for April 20, 2007.
  3. Executive Director's Report - The Executive Director will discuss the budget, national ethics news, staff activities, computer improvements, and the summer meeting schedule.
  4. 2007 Clean Elections Program Report - The Commission will review steps taken since the April 20th meeting to implement the 2007 Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project (P.L.2007, c.60).
  5. Public Comments - The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  6. Executive Session.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on items not listed above arising after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - May 4‚ 2007

Press Advisory

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has announced the following disclosure calendar for reports filed by candidates and committees participating in the 2007 Primary Election:

May 10, 2007 29-day pre-election
May 30, 2007 11-day pre-election
June 29, 2007 20-day post-election

These reports will be available for public inspection after 10:00 a.m. on ELEC’s website and at its offices at 28 West State Street, 13th floor in Trenton, NJ. ELEC’s website address is: www.elec.state.nj.us

Reports filed for the 2007 Primary Election reflect the financial activity of candidates and committees. Copies of the reports can also be reviewed at the county clerk's office where the candidate seeks office, or where the candidate resides if his or her district includes more than one county.

If you wish to inspect the reports, or if you wish that ELEC staff provide you with photocopies, please place your request for information on a Government Records Request Form. The Government Records Request Form can be found at ELEC’s office or as a link on its website.

If you wish to access the 2007 Primary Election reports through ELEC’s website, but you do not have access to the Internet, the public records room is equipped with Internet-ready terminals for your use, at no charge. A photocopier is also available for your use in the public records room. There is no charge for the first 50 pages of reports printed from the Internet stations or the photocopier in the public records room. Thereafter, a graduated fee schedule will apply.

We appreciate your cooperation.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - April 19‚ 2007

Press Advisory

On Friday‚ April 27‚ 2007 at 10:00 a.m.‚ Personal Financial Disclosure Statements filed by legislative candidates who are participating in the 2007 primary election will be available for public inspection at the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

These reports are required to be filed by legislative candidates and represent personal financial activity during the calendar year preceding the election. For the 2007 election‚ the calendar year of coverage is January 1‚ 2006 to December 31‚ 2006. All Personal Financial Disclosure Statements filed by legislative candidates who are participating in the 2007 primary election will be available for review in the public records room on the 13th floor of 28 West State Street in Trenton. If you wish to purchase photocopies‚ please place your request for information on a Government Records Request Form. The Government Records Request Form can be found at ELEC’s office or as a link on its web site. If you wish to photocopy a report‚ a photocopier is available in the public records room. There will be no charge for the first 50 pages of reports printed from the photocopier in the public records room. Thereafter‚ a graduated fee schedule will apply.

We appreciate your cooperation.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - April 16‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has cancelled the Commission meeting scheduled for April 24‚ 2007. The Commission will have a meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Friday‚ April 20‚ 2007‚ at the Commission's office at 28 West State Street‚ 12th Floor‚ Trenton‚ New Jersey. The Agenda* is as follows:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Approval of Public Session Minutes for March 20 and March 30‚ 2007.
  3. Executive Director's Report - The Executive Director will discuss an SEC filing update‚ staff activities‚ legislative developments‚ the Annual Report‚ and the spring/early summer meeting schedule.
  4. Proposed New Rules to Implement the 2007 Clean Elections Pilot Project - The Commission will discuss draft rules to implement the 2007 Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project Act (P.L.2007‚ c.60)‚ which was signed into Law by Governor Jon S. Corzine on March 28‚ 2007.
  5. Public Comments - The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  6. Executive Session.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on items not listed above arising after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - April 13‚ 2007

Press Advisory

On Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.‚ the first quarterly report of the two State Political Party Committees and the four Leadership Committees‚ filed on or before April 16‚ 2007‚ will be available for public inspection at the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) at 28 West State Street‚ 13th floor‚ in Trenton‚ NJ and on ELEC’s website (www.elec.state.nj.us).

On Monday, April 23, 2007 at 10:00 a.m., the first quarterly report of 2007 political party committees, continuing political committees, and campaign committees, filed on or before April 16, 2007, will be available on the ELEC website and for public inspection at ELEC.

These reports represent the disclosure of financial activity during the period January 1, 2007 through March 31, 2007.

If you wish to inspect the reports, or if you wish that ELEC staff provide you with photocopies, please place your request for information on a Government Records Request Form. The Government Records Request Form can be found at ELEC’s office or as a link on its website or online at: http://www.nj.gov/lps/opra.

If you wish to access the first quarterly reports through ELEC’s website, but you do not have access to the Internet, the public records room is equipped with Internet-ready terminals for your use‚ at no charge. There is no charge for the first 50 pages of reports printed from the Internet stations or the photocopier in the public records room. Thereafter‚ a graduated fee schedule as provided in the “Open Public Records Act” will apply. Thank you for your cooperation.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - APRIL 9‚ 2007

Press Advisory

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has announced the following disclosure calendar for reports filed by candidates and committees participating in the 2007 May Municipal Election:

April 13‚ 2007 29-day pre-election
May 2‚ 2007 11-day pre-election
June 1‚ 2007 20-day post-election

These reports will be available for public inspection after 10:00 a.m. on ELEC’s website and at its offices at 28 West State Street‚ 13th floor in Trenton‚ NJ. ELEC’s website address is: www.elec.state.nj.us

Reports filed for the 2007 May Municipal Election reflect the financial activity of candidates and committees. Copies of the reports can be reviewed at the county clerk's office where the candidate seeks office.

If you wish to inspect the 2007 May Municipal Election reports‚ or if you wish that ELEC staff provide you with photocopies‚ please place your request for information on a Government Records Request Form. The Government Records Request Form can be found at ELEC’s office or as a link on its website.

If you wish to access the reports through ELEC’s website‚ but you do not have access to the Internet‚ the public records room is equipped with Internet-ready terminals for your use‚ at no charge. If you wish to photocopy a report‚ a photocopier is available for your use in the public records room. There is no charge for the first 50 pages of reports printed from the Internet stations or the photocopier. Thereafter‚ a graduated fee schedule will apply.

We appreciate your cooperation.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - March 28‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a special telephonic meeting at 9:00 a.m.‚ on Friday‚ March 30‚ 2007‚ at the Commission's offices at 28 West State Street‚ 12th floor‚ in Trenton. This special meeting is being held pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-9 and is necessary to deal with an urgent matter of importance and of concern to the public interest about the 2007 Clean Elections Pilot Project. A delay for the purpose of providing adequate notice might result in harm to the public interest. The Commission could not have foreseen the need for this meeting at a time when adequate notice could have been provided. The special meeting will be limited to discussion of the matter of importance. The agenda is as follows:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Clean Elections District Funding Calculations.  The Commission will discuss the calculation‚ pursuant to the 2007 New Jersey Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Project Act‚ of the maximum grant amount for legislative districts with mixed party representation which may be selected to participate in the 2007 Pilot Project.
  3. Public Comment.
 
PRESS ADVISORY - March 14‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday‚ March 20‚ 2007‚ at the Commission's office at 28 West State Street‚ 12th Floor‚ Trenton‚ New Jersey. The Agenda* is as follows:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Approval of Public Session Minutes for March 6‚ 2007.
  3. Executive Director's Report - The Executive Director will discuss legislative developments‚ staff activities‚ lobbying disclosure‚ ELEC’s FY-08 budget‚ and the spring meeting schedule.
  4. Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Commission Rules Concerning Lobbying - A public hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. to elicit public comment on proposed amendments to Commission regulations at Subchapter 20‚ Lobbyists and Governmental Affairs Agents‚ N.J.A.C. 19:25-20. The proposed amendments are intended to clarify lobbying reporting requirements which were enacted as a result of changes made in 2004 to the Legislative and Governmental Process Activities Act‚ N.J.S.A. 52:13C-18 et seq. Among other provisions‚ the proposed amendments provide a definition for the “administrative proceeding” exemption from lobbying reporting requirements‚ clarify that the term “member” can mean an organization as well as an individual‚ and clarify record keeping requirements for persons who undertake communications with the general public.
    The proposal notice appeared in the New Jersey Register on February 20‚ 2007. The proposed amendments are available on the Commission's website at http://www.elec.state.nj.us or a copy may be obtained by calling 609-292-8700.
  5. Public Comments - The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  6. Executive Session.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on items not listed above arising after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - February 28‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday‚ March 6‚ 2007‚ at the Commission's office at 28 West State Street‚ 12th Floor‚ Trenton‚ New Jersey. The Agenda* is as follows:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Approval of Public Session Minutes for January 16‚ 2007.
  3. Executive Director's Report - The Executive Director will discuss Commissioner news‚ national news‚ a budget update‚ staff activities‚ legislative developments‚ and the spring meeting schedule.
  4. Proposed New Rules to Implement the Pay-to-Play Disclosure Law - The Commission will review the written comments and testimony received concerning its proposed new rules to implement the pay-to-play disclosure law (P.L.2005‚ c.271). The disclosure law supplements earlier pay-to-play laws and requires that a business disclose contributions at two junctures: to the government entity awarding a contract having a value in excess of $17‚500 if the contract is not awarded pursuant to a fair and open process‚ and to the Commission in an annual report if a business entity has received $50‚000 or more in a calendar year as a result of contracts with New Jersey government entities. The proposed rules were published in the New Jersey Register on November 6‚ 2006. The Commission will discuss possible action concerning the proposed rules which are ripe for adoption.
  5. Public Comments - The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  6. Executive Session.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on items not listed above arising after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - February 21‚ 2007

Press Advisory

The Annual Reports of Lobbying Activity filed on February 15‚ 2007 with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) reflect the financial activities of represented entities‚ governmental affairs agents‚ and persons or groups communicating with the general public (grassroots lobbying) for calendar year 2006. Copies of the individual 2006 Annual Lobbying Reports are available on and after February 27‚ 2007. If you wish to review a copy of an Annual Lobbying Report‚ please place your request for information on a Government Records Request Form. The Government Records Request Form can be found at ELEC’s office or as a link on its website.

On Thursday‚ March 8‚ 2007‚ at 10:00 a.m.‚ data summarizing the 2006 Annual Reports of Lobbying Activity‚ along with a copy of every 2006 Annual Report received through March 7th will be available for public inspection in ELEC’s public records room. The summary data‚ which provides total receipts and expenditures‚ as well as a summary of benefit passing‚ will also be available at that time on ELEC’s website at: www.elec.state.nj.us

If you wish to access the summary data through ELEC’s website‚ but you do not have access to the Internet‚ the public records room is equipped with Internet-ready terminals for your use‚ at no charge. If you wish to photocopy a report‚ a photocopier is available in the public records room. There will be no charge for the summary data printed from the Internet stations or for the first 50 pages printed from the photocopier in the public records room. Thereafter‚ a graduated fee schedule will apply.

In sum: February 27‚ 2007 Persons can receive a copy of a 2006 Annual Lobbying Report pursuant to the “Open Public Records Act.”
     
  March 8‚ 2007 Summary data will be available on ELEC’s website and in the public records room. Also‚ a copy of every 2006 Annual Lobbying Report filed through March 7th will be available in boxes for review in the public records room.
 
PRESS ADVISORY - February 16‚ 2007

Press Advisory

Executive Director Frederick M. Herrmann announced today that the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission is proposing amendments to its rules concerning Lobbyists and Governmental Affairs Agents‚ N.J.A.C. 19:25-20‚ to clarify portions of the Legislative and Governmental Process Activities Act‚ N.J.S.A. 52:13C-18 et seq.

According to Herrmann‚ among other provisions‚ the proposed amendments:

  • Clarify that the term “member” can mean an organization as well as an individual;
  • Clarify lobbying terminology by adding a new definition‚ “reporting entity‚” to have the same meaning as “lobbyist”;
  • Provide a definition for the “administrative proceeding” exemption from lobbying reporting requirements;
  • Clarify record keeping requirements for persons who undertake communications with the general public; and‚
  • Require consent to service of process from a governmental affairs agent or lobbyist who is not a resident of New Jersey‚ is not a New Jersey corporation‚ or is not authorized to do business in New Jersey.

The proposed new rules will appear in the New Jersey Register on February 20‚ 2007‚ and are currently available on the Commission's website at www.elec.state.nj.us. Copies of the Commission's proposal may also be obtained by calling the Commission at (609) 292-8700.

The Commission will conduct a hearing to elicit public comment concerning the proposal on Tuesday‚ March 20‚ 2007 at 10:15 A.M. at:

Election Law Enforcement Commission
Edward J. Farrell Memorial Conference Room
28 West State Street‚ 12th Floor
Trenton‚ New Jersey

Herrmann noted that the Commission invites participation in this hearing and requests that any testimony be limited to no more than ten minutes. Persons wishing to testify at the March 20‚ 2007 hearing are requested to reserve time to speak by contacting Administrative Assistant Elbia L. Zeppetelli at (609) 292-8700 no later than Friday‚ March 16‚ 2007.

Written comments must be received no later than April 23‚ 2007. Send comments to:

Michelle R. Levy‚ Associate Legal Director
Election Law Enforcement Commission
P. O. Box 185
Trenton‚ New Jersey 08625-0185

 
PRESS ADVISORY - February 7‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has cancelled the Commission meeting scheduled for February 20‚ 2007. The next meeting of the Commission is scheduled for March 6‚ 2007. The Agenda will be announced prior to the meeting. Thank you.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - January 12‚ 2007

Press Advisory

On Wednesday‚ January 17‚ 2007 at 10:00 a.m.‚ the fourth quarterly report of the two State Political Party Committees and the four Leadership Committees‚ filed on or before January 16‚ 2007‚ will be available for public inspection at the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) at 28 West State Street‚ 13th floor‚ in Trenton‚ NJ and on ELEC’s website (www.elec.state.nj.us).

On Tuesday‚ January 23‚ 2007 at 10:00 a.m.‚ the fourth quarterly report of 2006 political party committees and continuing political committees‚ and campaign committees‚ filed on or before January 16‚ 2007‚ will be available on the ELEC website and for public inspection at ELEC.

These reports represent the disclosure of financial activity from October 1‚ 2006 through December 31‚ 2006.

If you wish to inspect these reports‚ or if you wish that ELEC staff provide you with photocopies‚ please place your request for information on a Government Records Request Form. The Government Records Request Form can be found at ELEC’s office or as a link on its website‚ or online at: http://www.nj.gov/lps/opra.

If you wish to access the fourth quarterly reports through ELEC’s website‚ but you do not have access to the Internet‚ the public records room is equipped with Internet-ready terminals for your use‚ at no charge. There is no charge for the first 50 pages of reports printed from the Internet stations or photocopier in the public records room. Thereafter‚ a graduated fee schedule as provided in the “Open Public Records Act” will apply. Thank you for your cooperation.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - January 10‚ 2007

Press Advisory

“Open Public Meetings Act‚” N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission will have a meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday‚ January 16‚ 2007‚ at the Commission's office at 28 West State Street‚ 12th Floor‚ Trenton‚ New Jersey. The Agenda* is as follows:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. Approval of Public Session Minutes for December 19‚ 2006.
  3. Executive Director's Report - The Executive Director will discuss staff activities‚ legislative developments‚ and the winter meeting schedule.
  4. Public Comments - The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  5. Executive Session.

*Formal action may or may not be taken on items not listed above arising after publication of this notice.