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PRESS ADVISORY - December 9, 2009

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 15, 2009, 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 November 17, 2009.
  3. Executive Director’s Report–The Executive Director will discuss recent staff activities, the winter meeting schedule, and other matters of concern and interest to the Commission.
  4. Report on Return of Funds by 2009 Gubernatorial Primary Election Candidates – Staff will report to the Commission on the return to the State of unspent funds by the publicly-financed 2009 gubernatorial primary election candidates. Staff will also report to the Commission on the status of any public matching fund submissions received and public funds disbursed.
  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 - December 2, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

Candidates for the Assembly raised $18 million and spent $15.8 million during the recent general election.

The amounts reported on the 20-day post-election reports indicated that Assembly candidates recorded financial activity that was dramatically less than four years ago, when receipts reached $24.4 and expenditures $22 million.

“As has been noted all along,” said Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the Election Law Enforcement Commission, “the impact of the pay-to-play reforms and the economy is being felt at every level, including the legislative level.”

Brindle said that “Assembly receipts declined by 26 percent from 2005 while expenditures were down 28 percent.”

Four years ago was the last time there were contests for Governor and Assembly.

According to the reports, Democratic candidates raised and spent more than Republican candidates.

Democratic candidates reported raising $12.3 million, spent $11.2 million and have $1.1 million remaining. Republican candidates have raised $5.6 million, spent $4.6 million and have money left over totaling $1 million. Independent candidates reported $118,995 in receipts, expenditures of $68,504 and funds remaining amounting to $50,491.

The legislative reports are available online today at 10:00 a.m. on ELEC’s website at www.elec.state.nj.us.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - December 1, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

Gubernatorial candidates Governor Jon S. Corzine, Governor-elect Christopher J. Christie, and Independent Candidate Christopher J. Daggett collectively raised $40.8 million and spent $40.1 million in the recent general election contest.

These amounts, reported on their respective 20-day post-election reports, represent a fundraising decrease of 30 percent from four years ago, when self-funded candidates Jon Corzine and Douglas Forrester reported raising $58.6 million. Spending this year was 31 percent less than in 2005, when Corzine and Forrester combined spent $58.3 million.

Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), as he did in previous comments made in the pre-election setting, attributed the decline to the impact of pay-to-plays laws and to the economy. Another factor is that this time only one candidate, the Governor decided not to rely on public funding for his campaign. Candidates who bypass the state system can spend unlimited sums.

The reports showed that the Governor raised $27.1 million, of which $25.3 consisted of contributions or loans from the Governor to his own campaign. He reported spending of $27 million.

Republican candidate and Governor-elect Christie reported total receipts of $11.9 million and expenditures of $11.4 million. Independent candidate Daggett reported receipts of $1.8 million and expenditures of $1.6 million.

Both Christie and Daggett had participated in the Gubernatorial Public Financing Program while Corzine had opted out of the program.

Governor-elect Christie received the maximum $7.3 million in public matching funds, while Independent Daggett received $1.1 million in matching funds. In both instances, public funds represented 61 percent of funds raised.

Brindle noted that “the amounts reported spent do not include monies spent by 527 groups, which were active during the campaign.” These are independent fundraising committees organized under federal law that are not subject to state disclosure laws.

The 20-day post-election reports show also that combined the other independent candidates raised $47,750 and spent $46,794 in the quest of the governorship.

The gubernatorial reports are available online today at 10:00 a.m. on ELEC’s website at www.elec.state.nj.us.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - November 23‚ 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has issued a reminder that the 20-day post-election reports for the 2009 General Election (due by 5:00 p.m. on November 23, 2009) will be disclosed as follows:

December 1, 2009
December 2, 2009
Gubernatorial
Legislative & Local

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 2009 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 a candidate seeks office or where a 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, or by going to www.nj.gov/lps/opra.

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 - November 18‚ 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

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

COMMISSION MEETING SCHEDULE FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2010

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has announced its meeting schedule for 2010. 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 19
February 16
March 16
April 20
May 18
June 15
July 20
August 17
September 21
October 19
November 16
December 21
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PRESS ADVISORY - November 16, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

For the first time ever, members of the public, media members and candidates now can use the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission website (www.elec.state.nj.us) to search campaign donations received by municipal candidates.

Initially, more than $5.5 million donated to 377 different primary fundraising committees last spring can be analyzed electronically. More than $11.5 million in general election funding will become available early next year.

Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the Commission, said providing access to the donations has been a “major priority” since he assumed his new position July 1st.

“Our primary mission at the Commission is to provide the fullest possible disclosure of candidate fundraising. This brings us one-step closer to fulfilling that mission,’’ Brindle said.

The director also said more complete disclosure of municipal donations will help ensure the enforcement of Pay-to-Play laws. Those laws are intended to discourage undue influence by public contractors.

“While we have long provided public access to State and some county donations, this helps provide a ‘missing link’ that will allow even broader awareness of how candidates raise their money in New Jersey,” Brindle said.

An analysis of the municipal database by Commission staff found that fundraising topped $200,000 in five places:

Location Receipts Disbursements
Edison Township $587,853 $590,837
East Orange $408,725 $379,597
Atlantic City $251,303 $248,142
Middlesex County $234,216 $235,938
Bergen County $228,245 $198,658

Fundraising topped $100,000 in 11 other locations:

Location Receipts Disbursements
Ocean County $183,269 $188,602
Englewood $177,963 $163,162
Morristown $160,981 $152,362
Atlantic County $157,042 $124,185
Camden County $152,874 $142,567
Plainfield $129,128 $148,998
Burlington County $124,300 $124,300
Gloucester County $117,032 $97,463
Passaic County $114,354 $86,837
Brick Township $110,593 $29,095
Secaucus $107,889 $106,561

The Commission has long made available electronic facsimiles of municipal candidate reports. But until now, people could not sort through individual contributions.

Initially, the database includes donations received only during the primary. It includes funding provided to municipal candidates as well as individual county candidates such as freeholders and clerks.

Donations to county party committees have been available for several years. However, those made to municipal parties still not are available in searchable form. People can call up scanned facsimiles of municipal party committee reports on the ELEC website.

Along with general election donations, the database also does not include donations to school boards, donations made to May and June municipal runoffs and to fire commission candidates. Brindle said the Commission will be working to make this additional data available as soon as possible.

While the new data shows that $17 million was raised for municipal elections this year, local fundraising efforts could be even more intense next year when elections loom in several major cities, including Bayonne, Clifton, Irvington, Newark, Paterson, Perth Amboy, and Trenton.

Additional information about local fundraising is available by reviewing “Local Campaign Financing: An Analysis of Trends in Communities Large and Small,” a report prepared by then-deputy director Brindle in December 2005 and available at (http://www.elec.state.nj.us/pdffiles/whitepapers/white18.pdf).

In that 59-page “white paper” analysis, Brindle reviewed 50 communities and found that between 1994 and 2004, municipal candidates just in those communities had raised $162 million and spent $144 million. During the same period, general election fundraising grew 98 percent while spending shot up 120 percent.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - November 12, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

On Monday November 16, 2009, Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), will be announcing a major new campaign donation disclosure initiative.

Media members are invited to attend a press conference and a training session at 11:00 a.m. in the 8th floor conference room, 28 West State Street, Trenton.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - November 12, 2009

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 17, 2009, 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 20, 2009.
  3. Executive Director’s Report–The Executive Director will discuss recent staff activities, the proposed 2010 meeting schedule, and other matters of concern and interest to the Commission.
  4. 2009 Gubernatorial Public Financing Program Update – Staff will report to the Commission on the status of any public matching fund submissions received and public funds disbursed.
  5. Proposed Readoption of Commission Regulations with Amendments and New Rule – The Commission will discuss proposed readoption of Commission regulations pursuant to the “sunset” review process. The “sunset” process, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:14B-5.1, which codified Executive Order 66 (1978), mandates that the Commission review and examine its regulations for readoption every five years.
  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 5, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), today announced the appointment of Joseph W. Donohue of Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey, as Deputy Director of the Commission.

“Joe Donohue brings to this position a wealth of experience in campaign finance issues and a reputation for fairness that will greatly assist the Commission’s efforts to protect the integrity of the State’s election finance system and to encourage a more engaged electorate,” said Brindle.

Donohue had been a Statehouse reporter for more than two decades with the Star-Ledger and The Press of Atlantic City. His career included extensive coverage of campaign finance issues, lobbying trends, and statewide campaigns. He received 13 national and state awards for his journalistic efforts. Since October 2008, Donohue has served as an Assistant Treasurer for the New Jersey Department of the Treasury.

At ELEC, his responsibilities will include communications, legislative outreach, and development of “white papers” on campaign finance trends. Donohue will assume his duties on Monday, November 9, 2009. “I am very pleased that an individual with such a breadth of experience in state government and who enjoys a solid reputation for integrity is joining our staff,” said Brindle.

ELEC is a statutorily independent State agency charged with enforcing the State’s campaign finance laws, regulating lobbyists and administering the Gubernatorial Public Financing Program. The Commission also enforces the State’s Pay-to-Play Law, primarily in the area of disclosure.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 28, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

Candidates for the General Assembly have raised $14.6 million and spent $10.2 million, according to 11-day pre-election reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission for the 2009 General Election.

“These figures represent an even more dramatic decrease in financial activity from four years ago than was reported at the 29-day reporting period,” said Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the Commission.

In 2005, the last time there were contests for Governor and Assembly, Assembly candidates had raised $19.4 million and spent $14.9 million by this time.

“The 25 percent reduction in receipts and the 32 percent decrease in spending are truly remarkable,” added Brindle. “The economy and the Governor’s race are certainly having an impact, but more significantly Pay-to-Play laws are depressing financial activity.”

“While current economic conditions are worse than recent downturns, nevertheless, in periods of economic slowdown over the last 20 years, campaign spending continued to rise, often significantly,” said Brindle.

“What we have witnessed since Pay-to-Play laws were enacted and executive orders issued is a slowdown in campaign financial activity, culminating in the dramatic decrease at all levels this year,” said Brindle.

“Potential donors are hesitant to give, fearing being in violation of the law, forfeiting a public contract, or being prohibited from negotiating and bidding on a contract."

“It is safe to say that Pay-to-Play laws are working with regard to reducing the amount in contributions going directly to candidates,” he said.

According to the reports, Democratic Assembly candidates have raised and spent more money than Republican candidates.

Democratic candidates raised $10 million, spent $7.2 million and have $2.8 million cash-on-hand. Republican candidates have raised $4.5 million, spent $2.9 million and have cash-on-hand totaling $1.5 million. Independents have reported $118,081 raised and $60,971 in expenditures. Cash-on-hand for Independents amounts to $56,929.

The Assembly reports are available on-line today at 10:00 a.m. on ELEC’s website at www.elec.state.nj.us.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 27, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

According to 11-day pre-election reports filed by gubernatorial candidates for the 2009 General Election, financial activity has decreased from 2005.

Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) said today that “Governor Jon S. Corzine, Republican candidate Christopher J. Christie, and Independent candidate Christopher J. Daggett have raised $37.1 million and spent $33.6 million.”

“Together,” added Brindle, “the candidates have raised 15 percent less and spent 23 percent less than 2005 candidates Corzine and Forrester, who reported raising $43.8 million and spending $43.6 million at this time in the contest.” The two major candidates in 2005 were self-funded.

“The financial activity reported by the candidates,” said Brindle, “follows the same pattern displayed in the 29-day pre-election reports, which also showed a decrease in receipts and expenditures.”

Brindle said “the same explanation given at the 29-day time frame applies now; Pay-to-Play and economic conditions have impacted financial activity.”

According to the 11-day reports, the Governor has raised $24.1 million, of which $22.6 million consists of contributions or loans from the Governor to his own campaign. He has reported spending $23.6 million.

Republican candidate Christie has reported total receipts of $11.7 million and expenditures of $8.8 million while Independent candidate Daggett has receipts totaling $1.3 million and expenditures of $1.2 million.

Both Christie and Daggett are participating in the Gubernatorial Public Financing Program while Corzine has opted out of the program.

Christie has received the maximum $7.3 million in public matching funds, or 62 percent of funds raised whereas Daggett has received $726,876 in matching funds, or 54 percent of funds raised.

The three candidates have reported $3.6 million cash-on-hand: Christie with $2.9 million, Daggett at $292,495 and Corzine at $412,410.

Brindle said “the financial activity reported by the candidates does not include monies spent independently by 527 groups nor does it include financial activity occurring after October 20th."

He said “in 2005 significant financial activity occurred during the last week of the campaign with both the Governor and candidate Forrester raising and spending considerable amounts of money.”

The 11-day reports show that combined the other Independent candidates raised $44,802 and have spent $26,305 for the 2009 General Election.

The gubernatorial reports are available on-line today at 10:00 a.m. on ELEC’s website at www.elec.state.nj.us.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 22, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

Following the pattern set in the gubernatorial and Assembly contests and among the big six committees, financial activity by the 42 county political party committees has slipped significantly since 2005, the last time there was an election for governor and Assembly.

Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, said today that “fundraising by the county committees has decreased by 17 percent and expenditures by 18 percent.”

“The 42 county party committees reported receipts of $7.1 million and expenditures of $6.2 million in 2009,” added Brindle. “In 2005 receipts totaled $8.6 million and expenditures $7.6 million.”

Brindle said “once again the significant reduction in county party financial activity can be attributed to the economy, and, importantly, to the impact of the Pay-to-Play laws at the local level.”

Brindle said that he sees another trend developing at the local level that may also be affecting fundraising by county parties.

“More and more we are witnessing political action committees (PACs) being formed, in many instances by party members,” Brindle asserted. “This activity may be drawing funds away from the county organizations as well.”

As of the October 15th quarterly reporting period, the Democratic county party committees have outdistanced their Republican counterparts by substantial amounts.

The Democratic county organizations reported raising $5.6 million and spending $4.8 million. Republicans, on the other hand, reported receipts of $1.6 million and expenditures of $1.4 million.

Both parties, however, reported financial activity that was less than in 2005. Democratic county organizations showed a decrease of 16 percent in fundraising and a 14 percent decline in spending. Republican county organizations raised 16 percent less and have spent 26 percent less than four years ago.

According to Brindle, nine of the ten top county party organizations in terms of financial activity are Democratic organizations.

Camden County Democratic Committee, the Bergen County Democratic Organization, the Middlesex County Democratic Organization, the Essex County Democratic Committee, and the Burlington County Republican Committee were the top five in terms of fundraising and expenditure activity.

Following the top five are the Gloucester County Democratic Executive Committee, the Passaic County Democratic Committee, the Union County Democratic Committee, the Burlington County Democratic Committee, and the Monmouth County Democrats.

Attached are two charts of financial activity reported as of October 15th by all 42 county party organizations.

The reports are available on-line today at 10:00 a.m. on ELEC’s website at www.elec.state.nj.us.

2009 COUNTY POLITICAL PARTY COMMITTEES
CUMULATIVE TO DATE AMOUNTS AS OF THIRD QUARTER
RANKED BY RECEIPTS
RECEIPTS
EXPENDITURES
CAMDEN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 818,844 616,329
BERGEN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION 661,020 563,920
MIDDLESEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION 551,337 611,253
ESSEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 515,691 501,358
BURLINGTON COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 450,327 443,481
GLOUCESTER COUNTY DEMOCRAT EXECUTIVE CMTE 427,267 364,006
PASSAIC COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 411,680 286,382
UNION COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 394,861 257,799
BURLINGTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 376,134 393,442
MONMOUTH COUNTY DEMOCRATS 241,672 219,933
HUDSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION 231,900 227,769
MERCER COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 188,606 164,388
BERGEN COUNTY REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION 177,307 124,524
MONMOUTH COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 138,436 71,968
SOMERSET COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 137,713 110,504
CUMBERLAND COUNTY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION 132,072 129,680
MORRIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 131,016 90,482
SOMERSET COUNTY REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE CMTE 113,217 75,418
ATLANTIC COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 108,251 62,966
CUMBERLAND COUNTY REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION 102,949 97,461
OCEAN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 88,064 90,171
MERCER COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 76,833 63,484
OCEAN COUNTY REPUBLICAN FINANCE CMTE 72,222 71,671
ATLANTIC COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 63,376 38,753
HUNTERDON COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 63,218 58,677
HUNTERDON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 60,108 44,286
MORRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 57,174 49,719
UNION COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 56,688 53,812
PCRRO (PASSAIC COUNTY) 41,579 40,147
SALEM COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 39,930 45,806
SUSSEX COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 34,815 32,673
SALEM COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 32,822 50,936
CAPE MAY COUNTY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION 31,000 18,404
CAPE MAY COUNTY REGULAR REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION 23,050 18,174
MIDDLESEX COUNTY REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION 22,890 18,488
WARREN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 21,470 14,131
CAMDEN COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 18,760 31,565
WARREN COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 15,520 17,892
GLOUCESTER COUNTY REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE CMTE 8,899 8,728
SUSSEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 8,080 8,756
ESSEX COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 0 881
HUDSON COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY INC
TOTALS
7,146,798
6,190,215


2009 COUNTY POLITICAL PARTY COMMITTEES
CUMULATIVE TO DATE AMOUNTS AS OF THIRD QUARTER
DEMOCRATS - RANKED BY RECEIPTS RECEIPTS EXPENDITURES
CAMDEN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 818,844 616,329
BERGEN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION 661,020 563,920
MIDDLESEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION 551,337 611,253
ESSEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 515,691 501,358
GLOUCESTER COUNTY DEMOCRAT EXECUTIVE CMTE 427,267 364,006
PASSAIC COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 411,680 286,382
UNION COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 394,861 257,799
BURLINGTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 376,134 393,442
MONMOUTH COUNTY DEMOCRATS 241,672 219,933
HUDSON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION 231,900 227,769
MERCER COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 188,606 164,388
SOMERSET COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 137,713 110,504
CUMBERLAND COUNTY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION 132,072 129,680
MORRIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 131,016 90,482
ATLANTIC COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 108,251 62,966
OCEAN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 88,064 90,171
HUNTERDON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 60,108 44,286
SALEM COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 39,930 45,806
CAPE MAY COUNTY DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION 31,000 18,404
WARREN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 21,470 14,131
SUSSEX COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CMTE 8,080 8,756
DEMOCRAT - TOTALS $5,576,715 $4,821,763
 
REPUBLICANS - RANKED BY RECEIPTS RECEIPTS EXPENDITURES
BURLINGTON COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 450,327 443,481
BERGEN COUNTY REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION 177,307 124,524
MONMOUTH COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 138,436 71,968
SOMERSET COUNTY REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE CMTE 113,217 75,418
CUMBERLAND COUNTY REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION 102,949 97,461
MERCER COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 76,833 63,484
OCEAN COUNTY REPUBLICAN FINANCE CMTE 72,222 71,671
ATLANTIC COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 63,376 38,753
HUNTERDON COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 63,218 58,677
MORRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 57,174 49,719
UNION COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 56,688 53,812
PCRRO (PASSAIC COUNTY) 41,579 40,147
SUSSEX COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 34,815 32,673
SALEM COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 32,822 50,936
CAPE MAY COUNTY REGULAR REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION 23,050 18,174
MIDDLESEX COUNTY REPUBLICAN ORGANIZATION 22,890 18,488
CAMDEN COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 18,760 31,565
WARREN COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 15,520 17,892
GLOUCESTER COUNTY REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE CMTE 8,899 8,728
ESSEX COUNTY REPUBLICAN CMTE 0 881
HUDSON COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY INC    
REPUBLICAN - TOTALS $1,570,082 $1,368,451
 

2009 - COUNTY POLITICAL PARTY COMMITTEES - TOTALS

$7,146,798 $6,190,215
 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 16, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

As of the third quarter the State parties and Legislative Leadership Committees have raised $8.1 million and spent $5 million, according to Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

The October 15 reports indicate that financial activity by the so-called “big six” committees have declined dramatically from four years ago, when there was a gubernatorial and Assembly contest.

Receipts by the “big six” decreased by 44 percent since 2005 while spending declined by 43 percent. Fundraising totaled $14.5 million four years ago while spending amounted to $8.6 million.

“We are witnessing the same pattern as displayed in the gubernatorial and Assembly contests,” said Brindle. “The economy and the Pay-to-Play laws, which affect the big six committees, appear to be impacting financial activity.”

“This reverses a trend of increased financial activity that has been apparent over the last two decades,” said Brindle.

Brindle said that the Republican State Committee reported raising $437,602 and spending $289,221 compared with the Democratic State Committee, which has raised $3.2 million and spent $2.8 million thus far in 2009.

The four Legislative Leadership Committees have reported the following financial activity for 2009.

  Raised Spent
Senate Republican Majority $621,677 $103,593
Assembly Republican Victory $791,665 $547,508
Senate Democratic Majority $1.2 Million $237,083
Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee $1.4 Million $1.1 Million

The following chart indicates the change in financial activity among the big six committees between the third quarters 2005 and 2009.

Raised

  2005 2009
% Change
Republican State Committee $1.4 Million $.4 Million
-71
Senate Republican Majority $.6 Million $.6 Million
--
Assembly Republican Victory $1.2 Million $.8 Million
-33
Subtotal (GOP)
$3.2 Million $1.8 Million
-43
Democratic State Committee $4.7 Million $3.2 Million
-31
Senate Democratic Majority $1.9 Million $1.2 Million
-36
Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee $4.7 Million $1.9 Million
-59
Subtotal (Dem)
$11.3 Million $6.3 Million
-44
TOTAL
$14.5 Million $8.1 Million
-44

 

Spent

  2005 2009
% Change
Republican State Committee $1.1 Million $.3 Million
-72
Senate Republican Majority $.2 Million $.1 Million
-50
Assembly Republican Victory $.6 Million $.5 Million
-16
Subtotal (GOP)
$1.9 Million $.9 Million
-52
Democratic State Committee $3.2 Million $2.8 Million
-12
Senate Democratic Majority $.8 Million $.2 Million
-75
Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee $2.8 Million $1.1 Million
-60
Subtotal (Dem)
$6.8 Million $4.1 Million
-39
TOTAL
$8.7 Million $5 Million
-43

 

Brindle added that the State committees and Legislative Leadership Committees are required to report their financial activity to the Commission on a quarterly basis.

“As of this juncture,” said Brindle, “the three Democratic committees reported $2.1 million still remaining while the three Republican committees reported cash-on-hand amounting to $.9 million.

The reports are available on-line today at 10:00 a.m. on ELEC’s website at www.elec.state.nj.us.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 14, 2009

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 20, 2009, 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 15, 2009.
  3. Executive Director’s Report–The Executive Director will discuss recent staff activities, news developments, and other matters of concern and interest to the Commission.
  4. 2009 Gubernatorial Public Financing Program Update – Staff will report to the Commission on the status of any public matching fund submissions received and public funds disbursed.
  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 8, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

Candidates for the General Assembly have raised and spent significantly less money thus far this year than at the same time four years ago, according to Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

The 29-day pre-election reports show Assembly candidates have raised $9.7 million and spent $5.2 million thus far in the 2009 campaign.

Brindle said “these figures represent a 21 percent drop in fundraising and an almost 19 percent decrease in spending.”

He said that in 2005, a similar year in which there were contests for Governor and Assembly, but not for State Senate, Assembly candidates reported raising $12.2 million and spending $6.4 million.

“Not only does the reduction in Assembly financial activity follow the trend highlighted in the Governor’s race,” said Brindle, “but it corroborates a trend first noted in two previous Commission reports analyzing the legislative elections in 2005 and 2007.”

“In those reports,” added Brindle, “it was shown that the increase in financial activity slowed to just five percent over previous years, the smallest ever. Now, we see financial activity actually decreasing.”

Brindle said that the “perceptible reduction in financial activity this year can be attributed to a weakened economy, Pay-to-Play laws, and money being siphoned off by the gubernatorial contest.”

According to the reports, Democratic Assembly candidates have outdistanced Republicans in both fundraising and spending.

Democratic Assembly candidates raised $6.8 million and spent $4 million compared with Republican Assembly candidates who raised almost $2.9 million and spent $1.2 million. Independent candidates have raised $84,000 and reported minimal spending.

According to the reports, Democratic candidates have reported over $2.7 million as cash-on-hand and Republican candidates reported a balance of over $1.6 million.

The legislative reports are available on-line today at 10:00 a.m. on ELEC’s website at www.elec.state.nj.us.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 7, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

Campaign financial activity in the gubernatorial contest has decreased from four years ago, according to Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

“The three major candidates, Governor Jon S. Corzine, Republican Candidate Christopher J. Christie, and Independent Candidate Christopher J. Daggett, have raised 10 percent less and spent 20 percent less than candidates Corzine and Forrester did at the 29-day reporting deadline in 2005,” said Brindle.

The 29-day reports indicate that Corzine, Christie, and Daggett have raised $27.5 million and spent $23.1 million. In 2005, the two major candidates had reported raising $30.7 million and spending $28.9 million.

Brindle said “there are differences this time around that can account for the reduction in financial activity. Both candidates in 2005 opted out of the public financing system and were largely self-funded. Moreover, economic conditions and Pay-to-Play laws may be making potential donors hesitant to make contributions.”

In this year’s election, candidates Christie and Daggett are receiving public funds, whereas Governor Corzine is not participating in the program.

“As of the 29-day report,” added Brindle, “$6.5 million, or almost a forth of the total $27.5 million raised by the 2009 candidates was derived from public matching funds.”

The reports show that 61 percent of money raised by Christie and Daggett stem from public funds.

Republican candidate Christie raised $9.6 million, of which $5.8 million is in the form of matching funds. Independent candidate Daggett has received $605,126 in matching funds and has raised a total of $1.1 million.

Governor Corzine has reported receipts totaling $16.8 million.

Brindle said that “in terms of spending, the Governor leads the way at $16.8 million, with Republican Christie at $5.4 million and Independent Daggett at $954,668.”

Brindle added that the reports disclosing the financial activity demonstrate the importance of the Gubernatorial Public Financing Program. “In hard economic times like these the program is helping the race to be competitive,” he said.

The 29-day reports show that combined, the other independent candidates raised $28,582 and have spent $12,227.

Brindle stated that the figures do not include money spent by outside groups such as the two national governors groups and any other 527 groups that may be spending independently in this election.

The gubernatorial reports are available on-line today at 10:00 a.m. on ELEC’s website at www.elec.state.nj.us.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - October 2, 2009

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 2009 General Election, as well as for reports filed for the third quarter of 2009 by Legislative Leadership Committees, Political Party Committees, Continuing Political Committees, and campaign committees:

October 7, 2009 Gubernatorial reports, 29-day pre-election, 2009 General Election
October 8, 2009  Legislative and local reports, 29-day pre-election, 2009 General Election
October 16, 2009 3rd quarter reports, Legislative Leadership Committees and State Political Party Committees
October 22, 2009 3rd quarter reports, Continuing Political Committees, local Political Party Committees, and campaign committees filing quarterly reports
October 27, 2009 Gubernatorial reports, 11-day pre-election, 2009 General Election
October 28, 2009 Legislative and local reports, 11-day pre-election, 2009 General Election

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

Reports filed for the 2009 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, or where the candidate resides if his or her district includes more than one county. Reports filed by Legislative Leadership Committees, Political Party Committees, Continuing Political Committees, and campaign committees filing quarterly reports reflect the disclosure of financial activity from July 1, 2009 to September 30, 2009.

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 web site. If you wish to access the reports through ELEC’s web site, 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 - September 21, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

To increase awareness of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) and the services it provides, a public service announcement (PSA) has been placed on YouTube, according to Jeff Brindle, ELEC Executive Director.

The PSA features Jerry Fitzgerald English, Chair of the Commission, who introduces the public to ELEC and the role it plays in New Jersey’s electoral process.

The PSA advertises the ELEC sanctioned gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial debates and highlights the Commission’s website, where the public can avail itself of campaign financial information about candidates, political party entities, PACs, and lobbyists.

Brindle stated that “the PSA is the first of a planned series of public service announcements that we hope will be aired not only on YouTube but by the various broadcast media covering New Jersey.”

“The Commission is committed to its mission of providing important election and governmental information to the public,” Brindle said. “In order to accomplish this goal, citizens must be aware of the Commission and its services.”

The PSA’s are part of an initiative that includes treasurer and candidate training, now offered off-site as well as on-site, and a monthly newsletter.

Brindle said that ELEC desires to be a partner with the citizens to bring the greatest transparency possible to the electoral and governmental processes.

The YouTube PSA links to the Commission’s website. View the PSA at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZyHi7fFUYA.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - September 10, 2009

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 15, 2009, 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 21, 2009.
  3. Approval of Public Session Minutes for August 31, 2009.
  4. Approval of Public Session Minutes for September 2, 2009.
  5. Executive Director’s Report–The executive director will discuss recent staff activities and items of news interest.
  6. 2009 Gubernatorial Public Financing Program Update – Staff will report to the Commission on the status of any public matching fund submissions received and public funds disbursed.
  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 2, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), announced today that dates have been set for the gubernatorial public financing debates.

According to Brindle, NJN-Public Television and Radio will hold its gubernatorial debate on October 1st, 2009 and William Patterson University will hold its gubernatorial debate on October 16th, 2009, to be aired on October 18th, 2009.

The lieutenant gubernatorial debate will be held on October 8th, 2009 and is sponsored by the Leadership New Jersey Consortium.

Brindle said that the Commission gave final approval of the debate schedule at its special meeting today.

“The Commission is pleased by the outcome of the scheduling process,” said Brindle. “It has traditionally been the goal of the ELEC to have these debates be as inclusive and informative as possible.”

Brindle said that the debates will include the publicly-financed candidates, Republican Christopher Christie, and Independent Christopher Daggett, who are required by law to participate in two publicly-financed debates.

Brindle said that Democratic Governor Jon S. Corzine has certified to having raised and spent $340,000 on his campaign in order to participate in the debates.

Candidates who do not participate in the Gubernatorial Public Financing Program but who otherwise qualify for the program are permitted to participate in the public financing debates.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - September 1, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

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

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (the Commission) will have a special emergency telephonic meeting at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 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 2009 general election gubernatorial debates and the 2009 general election lieutenant gubernatorial debate. 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 meeting will be limited to discussion of the matter of importance.

The Agenda* is as follows:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. 2009 General Election Gubernatorial Debates and the 2009 General Election Lieutenant Gubernatorial Debate – The Commission will continue its discussion of a request from NJN-Public Television & Radio to change the date of the gubernatorial debate which it is co-sponsoring from October 1, 2009 to October 22, 2009.
  3. Public Comments – The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  4. 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 - August 27, 2009

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 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2009, 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 urgent matters of importance and of concern to the public interest about the dates of the 2009 general election gubernatorial debates and the 2009 general election lieutenant gubernatorial debate. A delay for the purpose of providing adequate notice might result in harm to the public interest. The special meeting will be limited to discussion of and action with respect to such matters of importance listed below.

The Agenda* is as follows:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. 2009 General Election Gubernatorial Debates and the 2009 General Election Lieutenant Gubernatorial Debate – A discussion of a request from NJN-Public Television & Radio to change the date of the gubernatorial debate which it is co-sponsoring, from October 1, 2009 to October 22, 2009.
  3. Public Comments – The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  4. 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 - July 21, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

The Commission today selected NJN – New Jersey Public Television and Radio, with the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Gannett New Jersey newspaper group; and William Paterson University with WWOR-TV, WTXF-TV and Fox News as the 2009 gubernatorial general election debate sponsors. The Commission further selected Leadership New Jersey Consortium (Leadership New Jersey, News 12 New Jersey, NJ 101.5 FM, and the Gannett newspaper chain) to sponsor the lieutenant gubernatorial debate. Candidates that receive public matching funds must participate in the debates. Candidates that do not accept public funds may elect to participate by filing with the Commission by September 1st. For additional information, please contact the debate sponsors.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - July 15, 2009

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 21, 2009, 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 16, 2009.
  3. Executive Director’s Report – The executive director will discuss: the Commission’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget, Lieutenant Governor enabling legislation, potential U.S. Supreme Court action regarding campaign financing, the Commission’s monthly newsletter, and other matters of concern and interest to the Commission.
  4. 2009 Gubernatorial Public Financing Program Update – Staff will report to the Commission on the status of any public matching fund submissions received.
  5. Request for Advisory Opinion No. 01-2009 – The Commission will continue its discussion of the request for an Advisory Opinion from the Daggett for Governor campaign. The campaign requests a determination concerning the reporting of expenditures and receipts associated with the contemplated sale of merchandise to promote the campaign. The campaign has consented to an extension of time to answer until the July 21, 2009 meeting.
  6. Selection of 2009 Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Governor General Election Debate Sponsors – Applications to sponsor the two gubernatorial and one lieutenant governor 2009 general election debates were received from:

    • The League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund, WPVI-TV, WABC-TV, and The College of New Jersey;
    • NJN-New Jersey Public Television and Radio, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Gannett New Jersey newspaper group;
    • News 12 New Jersey LLC;
    • Seton Hall College Republicans and Seton Hall College Democrats;
    • William Paterson University;
    • The Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics and WNBC-TV New York and affiliated NBC entities; and
    • Leadership New Jersey Consortium (Leadership NJ, News 12 NJ, 101.5 FM, Gannett newspapers).

    There will be a discussion of the statutory criteria for debate sponsor selection and the debate dates and times proposed in the applications. The Commission anticipates selecting sponsors for the debates.

  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 - July 14, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

On Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., the second quarterly report of the State Political Party Committees and the Leadership Committees, filed on or before July 15, 2009, 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 Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., the second quarterly report of 2009 political party committees, continuing political committees, and campaign committees filed on or before July 15, 2009 will be available on ELEC’s website and for public inspection at ELEC.

These reports represent the disclosure of financial activity from April 1, 2009 through June 30, 2009. 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, 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 - June 22, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has announced that the 20-day post-election reports filed by 2009 Primary Election candidates and committees will be disclosed as follows:

June 24, 2009 Gubernatorial
June 26, 2009  Legislative and Local

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, 13thfloor in Trenton, NJ. ELEC’s website address is:

www.elec.state.nj.us

Reports filed for the 2009 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 2009 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 - June 19, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

On Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., Personal Financial Disclosure Statements filed by independent gubernatorial and legislative candidates who are participating in the 2009 general election will be available for public inspection at the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

These reports are required to be filed by gubernatorial and legislative candidates and represent personal financial activity during the calendar year preceding the election. For the 2009 election, the calendar year of coverage is January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. All Personal Financial Disclosure Statements filed by gubernatorial and legislative independent candidates who are participating in the 2009 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 16, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

Jerry Fitzgerald English, Chair of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), announced today the appointment of Jeffrey M. Brindle as Executive Director of the Commission.

Brindle will succeed Frederick M. Herrmann, who is retiring after 25 years as Executive Director. Brindle will assume his duties on July 1, 2009.

To replace Herrmann the Commissioners undertook a national search, which involved a two-tier interview process.

The selection committee was chaired by Vice Chair Peter J. Tober and included former ELEC Commissioners Paula A. Franzese, Susan S. Lederman, and Ralph V. Martin. The final selection was made by ELEC Commissioners Albert Burstein and Amos C. Saunders along with Chair English and Vice Chair Tober. Commissioner Burstein assisted also in organizing the search committee.

“As a bi-partisan Commission with significant and multi-faceted responsibilities in terms of New Jersey’s electoral and governmental processes,” said English, “the Commissioners determined to pursue a course that would result in the most qualified person being selected.”

“As a result, the Commissioners agreed that Brindle’s extensive background in New Jersey government, the State’s electoral process, and with the Commission as Deputy Director, makes him the right choice at this time in the agency’s history,” added English.

ELEC is a statutorily independent State agency charged with the responsibility for enforcing the State’s campaign finance laws, regulating lobbyists, and administering the Gubernatorial Public Financing Program. The Commission also enforces the State’s Pay-to-Play Law, primarily in the area of disclosure.

As Deputy Director of the Commission, Brindle authored numerous white paper analytical reports, as well as articles published in periodicals, magazines, and newspapers. A number of proposals contained in the reports on campaign financing and lobbying became law.

Moreover, Brindle has been interactive with the Legislature and executive branches, dealing with budgetary, personnel and various public policy issues, and has dealt with the press and public.

Brindle will continue performing these duties as Executive Director as well as oversee day-to-day operations.

English said that “Brindle combines a concern for bringing about necessary reforms with an interest toward encouraging people to become informed voters and involved in the electoral process.”

“Nothing is more important to the health of our State than to have an informed electorate and good people participating in the political and governmental processes,” said Brindle.

He said that he “looks forward to working with the members of the Commission and staff to build upon ELEC’s solid reputation as an agency that shed’s light on the process, and, in so doing, encourages a more informed and participatory citizenry.”

 
PRESS ADVISORY - June 10, 2009

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 16, 2009, 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 19, 2009.
  3. Approval of Public Session Minutes for May 27, 2009.
  4. Executive Director’s Report – The executive director will discuss: a budget update, enabling legislation for the office of Lieutenant Governor, national campaign financing news, staff activities, and the summer meeting schedule.
  5. 2009 Gubernatorial Public Financing Program Update – Staff will report to the Commission on the status of any public matching fund submissions received.
  6. Request for Advisory Opinion No. 01-2009 – The Commission will discuss a request for an advisory opinion received from the Daggett for Governor campaign. The campaign requests a determination concerning the reporting of expenditures and receipts associated with the contemplated sale of merchandise to promote the campaign.
  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 - June 1, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) is seeking sponsors for general election debates for gubernatorial candidates. Also, there is pending legislation to require one lieutenant gubernatorial debate.

Participation in two general election debates is required as a condition of each gubernatorial candidate’s receipt of public matching funds. The first such debates were held in 1989. No general election debate is required to be held if only one candidate qualifies to receive public funds.

The Commission is required to select organizations to sponsor the mandatory debates. The deadline for receipt of applications to sponsor a general election debate is July 1, 2009, and the selection process for general election debate sponsors must be concluded by July 31, 2009. The Commission will meet on July 21st to select the sponsors.

The 2009 gubernatorial general election debates must occur between September 22 and October 23, 2009, unless the candidates agree to an emergency postponement of the second debate deadline.

In order to be considered by the Commission for debate sponsorship, a sponsor must not be affiliated with any political party or with any holder of or candidate for public office and must agree not to make any endorsement in the pending general election for the office of Governor until the completion of any debate which an organization may be selected to sponsor.

The organization must also be able to demonstrate experience since 1976 in sponsoring televised debates among candidates for New Jersey statewide office. Debate sponsor applicants which are either: any association of two or more separately-owned news publications or broadcasting outlets or any association of media correspondents are not required to demonstrate prior experience in televised candidate debates.

Representatives of organizations which meet the sponsorship criteria and wish to apply to sponsor one or more of the 2009 general election debates are invited to visit the Gubernatorial Public Financing link on the Commission’s website to complete a “fill-in” application or may contact the Special Programs section at (609) 292-8700 for further information.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - June 1, 2009

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 2009 June Runoff Election:

June 3, 2009 11-day pre-election
July 6, 2009  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 26, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has announced that the 11-day pre-election reports filed by gubernatorial, legislative, and local 2009 Primary Election candidates and committees will be disclosed on Thursday, May 28, 2009. 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 2009 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 2009 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 - May 21, 2009

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 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the Commission’s office at 28 West State Street, 12th Floor, Trenton, New Jersey. This meeting is being held and will be limited to discussion of a personnel matter. The Agenda* is as follows:

  1. Open Public Meetings Statement.
  2. 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 - May 13, 2009

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 19, 2009, 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, 2009.
  3. Executive Director’s Report – The executive director will discuss: national news, a budget update, staff activities, enabling legislation for the office of Lieutenant Governor, and the summer meeting schedule.
  4. 2009 Gubernatorial Public Financing Program Update – Staff will report to the Commission on the status of any public matching fund submissions received and public funds disbursed as well as plans for gubernatorial debates in the general election. Staff will also report on an application for finalization with net debt received from a campaign.
  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 - May 4, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has announced the following disclosure calendar for the 29-day pre-election reports filed by 2009 Primary Election candidates and committees:

May 5, 2009 Gubernatorial
May 11, 2009  Legislative and Local

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 2009 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 2009 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 24, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

On Monday, April 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., Personal Financial Disclosure Statements filed by gubernatorial and legislative candidates who are participating in the 2009 primary election will be available for public inspection at the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

These reports are required to be filed by gubernatorial and legislative candidates and represent personal financial activity during the calendar year preceding the election. For the 2009 election, the calendar year of coverage is January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. All Personal Financial Disclosure Statements filed by gubernatorial and legislative candidates who are participating in the 2009 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 website. 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 15, 2009

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 Monday, April 20, 2009, 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 17, 2009.
  3. Approval of Public Session Minutes for April 7, 2009.
  4. Approval of Public Session Minutes for April 14, 2009.
  5. Executive Director’s Report – The executive director will discuss: Commissioner news, a Fiscal Year 2010 budget review, the Fiscal Year 2009 mandatory furlough days, a draft of the 2008 Annual Report, and the spring meeting schedule.
  6. 2009 Gubernatorial Public Financing Program Update – Staff will report to the Commission on the status of any public matching fund submissions received, public funds disbursed, and plans for gubernatorial debates.
  7. Adoption of Proposed Amendments Concerning Use of Campaign Funds for Legal Fees – The Commission will discuss adoption of proposed amendments which concern use of campaign funds for legal fees. The proposal notice appeared in the New Jersey Register on January 20, 2009.
  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 the items listed above and on items not listed above that arise after publication of this notice.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - April 15‚ 2008

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 2009 May Municipal Election:

April 17, 2009 29-day pre-election
May 6, 2009 11-day pre-election
June 5, 2009 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 2009 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 2009 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 - April 13, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

On Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., the first quarterly report of the State Political Party Committees and the Leadership Committees, filed on or before April 15, 2009, 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 Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., the first quarterly report of 2009 political party committees, continuing political committees, and campaign committees, filed on or before April 15, 2009, 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, 2009 through March 31, 2009.

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, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

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

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (the Commission) will have a special telephonic meeting at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at the Commission’s offices at 28 West State Street, 12th Floor, 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 2009 primary election Gubernatorial Public Financing Program. 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. 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 - April 7, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

The Commission today selected the League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund, with WPVI-TV and WABC-TV; and New Jersey Network (NJN), with the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Gannett New Jersey newspaper group, as the 2009 gubernatorial primary election debate sponsors. Republican 2009 primary election gubernatorial candidates Chris Christie and Steven Lonegan will face each other in two debates, as a condition of their receipt of gubernatorial public matching funds. For additional information, please contact the debate sponsors.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - April 1, 2009

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, April 7, 2009, 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. Selection of 2009 Gubernatorial Primary Election Debate Sponsors – Applications to sponsor the 2009 gubernatorial primary election debates were received from: the League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund with WPVI-TV (Philadelphia) and WABC-TV (New York), New Jersey Network (NJN) with the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Gannett New Jersey newspaper chain, and William Paterson University. There will be a discussion of the statutory criteria for debate sponsor selection and the debate dates and times proposed in the applications. The Commission anticipates selecting sponsors for the debate.
  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 - March 30, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

On Friday, April 3, 2009, the Business Entity Annual Statements, due to be filed by March 30, 2009, 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 2008.

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. There is no charge for the first 50 pages of reports printed from the Internet. Thereafter, a graduated fee schedule as provided in the “Open Public Records Act” will apply.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - March 11, 2009

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 17, 2009, 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 February 17, 2009.
  3. Approval of Public Session Minutes for March 5, 2009.
  4. Executive Director’s Report – The executive director will discuss: a Fiscal Year 2009 budget update, staff activities, and the spring meeting schedule.
  5. 2009 Gubernatorial Public Financing Program Update – Staff will report to the Commission on the status of any public matching fund submissions received, public funds disbursed, and applications by debate sponsors.
  6. Public Hearing Concerning Proposed Amendments for Use of Campaign Funds for Legal Fees – A public hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. to elicit public comment concerning proposed amendments of N.J.A.C. 19:25-6.10, the regulation concerning use of campaign funds for legal fees.
  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 - March 3, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

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

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (the Commission) will have a special telephonic meeting at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, March 5, 2009, 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 2009 gubernatorial election. 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. 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 - February 23, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

The Annual Reports of Lobbying Activity filed 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).

On Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., data summarizing the Annual Reports of Lobbying Activity for the 2008 calendar year period will be available 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

A copy of every 2008 Annual Lobbying Report will be available for review in the public records room. If you wish to photocopy a report, a photocopier is available and there will be no charge for the first 50 pages printed from the photocopier. Thereafter, a graduated fee schedule will apply.

In sum: March 11, 2009 Summary data will be available on ELEC’s website and in the public records room. Also, a copy of every 2008 Annual Lobbying Report will be available for review in the public records room.

Note that you can receive a copy of a specific 2008 Annual Lobbying Report pursuant to the “Open Public Records Act” on and after February 26, 2009. If you wish to purchase 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.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - February 10, 2009

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, February 17, 2009, 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 20, 2009.
  3. Executive Director’s Report – The executive director will discuss: Commissioner ethics filings, national ethics news, a recent pay-to-play court decision, staff activities, and the spring meeting schedule.
  4. 2009 Gubernatorial Public Financing Program Update – Staff will report to the Commission on the status of any public matching fund submissions received and public funds disbursed.
  5. Adoption of New Rules Concerning Finalization with Net Debt by Publicly Financed Gubernatorial Candidates – The Commission will discuss adoption of new rules concerning finalization by publicly-financed gubernatorial candidates with net debt. The proposal notice appeared in the New Jersey Register on December 1, 2008.
  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 - February 6, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

Executive Director Frederick M. Herrmann announced today that the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission is proposing amendments to N.J.A.C. 19:25-6.10, Use of funds for legal fees, prohibiting the use of campaign funds for legal fees in connection with criminal matters.

The proposed amendments were published in the New Jersey Register on January 20, 2009, and are 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 17, 2009 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

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 17, 2009 hearing are requested to reserve time to speak by contacting Administrator Elbia L. Zeppetelli at (609) 292-8700 no later than Friday, March 13, 2009.

Submit written comments by March 23, 2009 to:

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

 

PRESS ADVISORY - January 29, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

Frederick M. Herrmann, Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), announced today that the Commission is seeking sponsors for primary election debates for gubernatorial candidates.

Participation in two primary election debates is required as a condition of each candidate’s receipt of public matching funds. The first such debates were held in 1989. Herrmann noted that no primary election debate is required to be held if only one candidate for a party’s nomination qualifies to receive public funds.

Herrmann explained that it is the responsibility of the Commission to select organizations to sponsor the mandatory debates. He indicated that the deadline for receipt of applications to sponsor a primary election debate is March 16, 2009, and that the selection process for primary election debate sponsors must be concluded by April 15, 2009. The Commission will meet on April 7th to select the sponsors.

The 2009 gubernatorial primary election debates must occur between April 15 and May 22, 2009, unless the candidates agree to an emergency postponement of the second debate deadline.

Herrmann outlined the specific statutory criteria which must be met by an organization in order to be considered by the Commission for debate sponsorship. A sponsor must not be affiliated with any political party or with any holder of or candidate for public office and must agree not to make any endorsement in the pending primary election for the office of Governor until the completion of any debate which the organization may be selected to sponsor. The organization must also be able to demonstrate experience since 1976 in sponsoring televised debates among candidates for New Jersey statewide office.

Herrmann further explained that debate sponsor applicants which are either: any association of two or more separately-owned news publications or broadcasting outlets or any association of media correspondents are not required to demonstrate prior experience in televised candidate debates.

Representatives of organizations which meet the sponsorship criteria and wish to apply to sponsor one or more of the 2009 primary election debates are invited to visit the Gubernatorial Public Financing link on the Commission’s website to complete a “fill-in” application or may contact the Special Programs section at (609) 292-8700 for further information.

 

PRESS ADVISORY - January 21, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

According to a report by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, fundraising in the 2007 legislative contest increased at a much slower pace than in previous elections.

Jeff Brindle, deputy director of the Commission and author of the study, said that pay-to-play reform appears to have “impacted fundraising” and “altered the flow of money to legislative candidates.”

“The 1993 campaign finance reforms brought about a new age of political party dominance that peaked in 2003,” added Brindle. “Now with pay-to-play reform that dominance is weakening.”

He said that the rate of increase in legislative fundraising has decreased and that the contributor base from which Senate and Assembly candidates derive their money has changed.

Between the legislative general election of 2003 and 2007, fundraising increased by five percent. Though setting a record at $50.4 million raised, this rate of increase over four years before was much less than between previous election cycles. Between 2001 and 2003, fundraising rose by 35 percent and between 1997 and 2001 by 32 percent.

White Paper Number 20, Legislative General Elections 2007: An Analysis of Trends in State Senate and Assembly Elections, shows that contributor patterns have changed as well.

Previous Commission reports had political party entities constituting two-thirds of legislative receipts in elections following the 1993 reforms. Now, in the wake of pay-to-play, that percentage has declined to 51 percent.

State and county political party committees and legislative leadership committees are responsible for the reduction, according to the report. Compared with 2003, when political parties and legislative leadership committees each made 25 percent of contributions, these entities made 14 percent and 18 percent of 2007 legislative receipts, respectively.

“Conversely,” said Brindle, “contributions from candidate committees reached 19 percent of the total in 2007, up from 12 percent in 2003. Moreover, special interest PAC contributions rose to 16 percent of receipts up from 13 percent in 2003 and contributions from businesses declined to just six percent of the total down from 11 percent in 2003.”

The report concluded that pay-to-play reform is responsible for the changing contributor base.

Brindle said that “as the result of a very comprehensive pay-to-play law, contributions are coming from sources least affected by the reforms and less so from sources impacted by them.”

“ELEC has been analyzing trends in campaign financing over several decades,” said Brindle. “What is clear is that reforms enacted throughout this period have caused distinct changes in the electoral process as it pertains to campaign financing, one way or the other.”

The latest white paper is available by contacting the Election Law Enforcement Commission or accessing its website at http://www.elec.state.nj.us/.

 
PRESS ADVISORY - January 14, 2009

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 20, 2009, 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 16, 2008.
  3. Executive Director’s Report – The executive director will discuss: national campaign financing news, staff activities, new non-gubernatorial thresholds for reporting and penalties, a budget update, White Paper No. 20 on the Legislative General Elections of 2007 authored by Deputy Director Jeffrey M. Brindle, and the winter meeting schedule.
  4. Item No. 4 – 2009 Gubernatorial Public Financing Program Update – Staff will report to the Commission on the status of any public matching fund submissions received.
  5. Public Comments – The Chair will ask for public comments at appropriate times during the meeting.
  6. Public Hearing Concerning Proposed Amendments for Finalization by Publicly-Financed Gubernatorial Candidates with Debt – A public hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. to receive public comment concerning proposed amendments related to finalization by publicly-financed gubernatorial candidates with debt.
  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 - January 12, 2009

PRESS ADVISORY

On Friday, January 16, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., the fourth quarterly report of the State Political Party Committees and the Leadership Committees filed on or before January 15, 2009 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 Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 10:00 a.m., the fourth quarterly report of 2008 political party committees, continuing political committees, and campaign committees filed on or before January 15, 2009 will be available on the ELEC website and for public inspection at ELEC.

These reports represent the disclosure of financial activity from October 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008.

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.