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  • NJ A3639
  • Requires disclosure by independent expenditure groups; limits contributions to certain groups and committees performing public contracts; increases limits on contributions to political parties and candidates.
Introduced
(4/14/2016)
In Committee
(4/14/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill revises "The New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act" to increase certain campaign contribution limits, institute new reporting requirements on certain groups, and modify the current law regulating the awarding of public contracts to business entities that make campaign contributions, referred to commonly as the "pay to play" law. Specifically, the bill would require disclosure by any group organized under section 527, or under paragraphs (4), (5), or (6) of subsection c. of section 501, of the federal Internal Revenue Code that engages in influencing or attempting to influence the outcome of any election or the nomination, election or defeat of any person to any State or local elective public office or the passage or defeat of any public question, or in providing political information on any candidate or public question, and raises or expends $5,000 or more for any such purpose. It would require each such group, identified in the bill as an independent expenditure group, to report contribution and expenditure information in excess of $300 to the Election Law Enforcement Commission and to include certain information that identifies the group on any communication paid for by the organization which attempts to influence a candidate's election or the adoption or defeat of a public question, or which provides political information. The bill would prohibit a candidate from establishing, authorizing the establishment of, maintaining, or participating directly or indirectly in the management or control of, any independent expenditure committee. In addition, the bill would: 1) increase the amount of money that can be contributed by an individual, a corporation or union, or a group to a candidate committee from $2,600 to $3,000 per election; 2) increase the amount of money that can be contributed by a political committee or a continuing political committee to a candidate committee from $8,200 to $9,200 per election; 3) increase the amount of money that can be contributed by an individual, a corporation or union, political committee, continuing political committee, candidate committee or joint candidates committee or any other group to: a) the State committee of a political party from $25,000 to $28,000 per year; b) a county committee of a political party from $37,000 to $42,000 per year; and c) a municipal committee of a political party from $7,200 to $8,100 per year; 4) increase the amount of money that the national committee of a political party can contribute to the State committee of a political party from $72,000 to $81,000 per year; 5) increase the amount of money that can be contributed by the candidate committee of one candidate to the candidate committee of another candidate from $8,200 to $9,200 per election; and 7) increase the amount of money that can be contributed to a political committee, or that one political committee or continuing political committee can contribute to another political committee or continuing political committee, from $7,200 to $8,100 per election or per year, as the case may be. With regard to the current "pay to play" law, the bill would: 1) create one uniform law applicable at all levels of government, including the Executive Branch, State authorities, the Legislative Branch, counties, municipalities, local boards of education, and fire districts, to the awarding of public contracts to business entities that have made campaign contributions; 2) eliminate provisions of existing law that exclude contracts awarded pursuant to a "fair and open process" from "pay-to-play" proscriptions and provide instead that only contracts that are valued at $17,500 or less will be excluded; 3) increase the amount that may be contributed by business entities from the current $300 to $1,000; 4) provide that contributions by a political committee or continuing political committee that has as its members the employees of a business entity and that is funded, directed, and administered in its entirety by such employees will not be considered contributions by the business entity; and 5) require any business entity that contracts in a calendar year with a State agency, or a county, municipality, independent authority, board of education, or fire district for $17,500 or more with a single public entity and makes a contribution of money or other thing of value to a political committee, continuing political committee, or an independent expenditure group to disclose all such contributions. To insure uniformity, the bill repeals sections of law that currently address "pay to play" in the context of State Executive Branch contracting and that allow local governments to adopt their own "pay to play" policies.
Judiciary
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee  (on 4/14/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
4/14/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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