Tell NJ Senators – Vote Yes on S1500 on Thursday 2/21 to End Dark Money in NJ

Here is your opportunity to help end dark money in NJ.  Go HERE to find your Senator’s Contact Information.
Text  (609) 462-0157 if you can join Represent NJ in the Senate Gallery onThursday afternoon February 21.
Here is a sample script for your call.

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to urge Senator___________ to vote YES on campaign finance bill S1500. We need to bring more transparency and accountability to our election process. Improving our campaign finance laws through the passage of this bill that requires disclosure by independent expenditure committees is a first step and needs to be done now. Can you tell me what Senator ________’s position is on this bill?

It would be very helpful if you submit the results of your call HERE. This will help us track the positions of the Senators as we move toward a vote.

Please forward this message to people in your NJ action network. The more people our representatives hear from, the more likely they are to support this bill

More Information:

Identical Bill Number: A1524 
Last Session Bill Number: A3902   S2430 Singleton, Troy   as Primary Sponsor
Greenstein, Linda R.   as Primary Sponsor
Gopal, Vin   as Co-Sponsor
Weinberg, Loretta   as Co-Sponsor
Thompson, Samuel D.   as Co-Sponsor
Stack, Brian P.   as Co-Sponsor

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Stop Dark Money in NJ Thursday Jan. 17

S 1500, the campaign finance reform that we have been supporting will come before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday January 17 at 1 PM.   We thank all of you who have met with your legislators and/or have contacted them by phone or email.   We are now asking that you join us on Thursday, January 17 to let our lawmakers know that their Constituents demand that all political donors in NJ we made known to the public – Full Disclosure,

COME FILL THE ROOM WITH SUPPORT FOR NJ CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM BILL
S1500 End Dark Money in NJ
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2019
****Senate Budget and Appropriations Meeting 1:00 PM
Committee Room 4, 1st Floor, State House Annex,

“DARK MONEY” Documentary Feb. 10

DARK MONEY, a PBS documentary and political thriller, uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold.
Send us a message if you are planning to come. Seating is limited.

Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
Sophie Fahs Theater
50 Cherry Hill Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

STOP NEW JERSEY GERRYMANDERING BILLS

On December 17th, our NJ Legislators will be 
attempting to fast track  Gerrymandering proposals (SCR152/ACR205) that would allow Gerrymandering of our Legislative Districts and suppress the voices and votes of NJ residents.  These bills would codify the gerrymandering of our 40 legislative districts into our Constitution and pre-determine election outcomes for decades to come. This is NOT how we achieve Fair Districting maps and fair voter representation.  Urge your legislators to vote “no” on SCR43/152 & ACR60/205.

Public hearings for the Senate and Assembly versions of these bills have been scheduled for Thursday, December 13th at 11am: https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/Default.asp. They are doing 2 hearings simultaneously.  There will be a press event at 9:30am on 12/13 in front of the State House Annex, followed by hallway lobbying and splitting up groups to rotate through the public hearings. 
Join us on Thursday December 13!

RepresentUs Central NJ at Raritan Riverfest Sunday Oct. 14 1- 5 pm

Come and volunteer at our table and urge attendees to contact their NJ Legislators to support Campaign Finance Reform Bills S1500 and A1524

Raritan Borough Riverfest and Duck Races

Sunday, October14

1:00 -5:00, Canal Street Riverfront Park

Citizens Can Help Reform NJ’s Campaign Finance Laws

 

It’s time, New Jerseyans!  Call your Legislators now and tell them to support these bills.  Find Contact Information and a Phone Script by scrolling down.

Assembly Bill A1524 (co-sponsors: Andrew Zwicker and Daniel Benson)

Identical Senate Bill S1500 (Troy Singleton and Linda R. Greenstein)

A1524 and S1500 will “End Secret Money” – a pillar of the American Anti-Corruption Act

(https://represent.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/AACA_1Pager2-1.pdf)

How does that happen?

Exposes “dark money” swamping NJ politics by so-called independent-expenditure groupsSuper PACs and non-profit political advocacy organizations (527, 501(c)4 organizations).

Strengthens public-accountability of political parties to counter these independent expenditure groups.

Creates one state law for contractors doing business in NJ (“pay-to-play”), closes local loopholes that allows “dark money” to sneak in.

What’s currently going on?

In 2017 election, political party fundraising committees spent $13.3 Million.

BUT, independent expenditure groups spent $45.4 Million.

“Dark money” groups indirectly support candidates and influence voters with marketing campaigns – all done in secret.

Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision said, “Political money is free speech,” but it DID NOT say names of donors could not be disclosed and revealed (transparency).

What’s the enforcement?

A-1524 strengthens NJ’s “election watchdog” – the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

Requires “48 hour” notification of independent expenditures and electioneering communications.

Disclosure & transparency” enable voters to know which individuals and organizations are funding contributions and issue ads: Informed citizens!

Background Information

Information on A-1524 and related bills can be found at: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/04/10/curbing-the-influence-of-special-interest-groups-on-nj-elections/

Action: Call your NJ District Legislators to urge them to Co-Sponsor these Campaign Finance Reform Bills A1524, S1500 . These bills improve NJ’s campaign finance laws by requiring disclosure by independent groups, reforming the state’s pay-to-play laws and bolstering political parties.

To find your legislators’ names and contact info go to:

http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp#W

Check to see if your Legislators are already sponsoring any of these bills. If so, please thank them and urge them to bring in more of their colleagues as Co-Sponsors.

Script (feel free to use your own words and if you have a personal story related to this issue, please add it):

A little bit of a heads up – don’t be surprised if the person who answers the phone is not aware of the bills. We heard about that response from some of our callers. They do have a lot to keep track of and these bills may not be on their radar yet. If that’s the case, tell them to check them out and emphasize their importance.

We’ll keep you informed as we move forward.

For Your Assembly Representative:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I‘m calling to urge Assemblyman/Assemblywoman___________ to Co-Sponsor campaign finance bill A1524 and to ask the Speaker to bring these bills to the floor for a vote. We need to bring more transparency and accountability to our election process. Improving our campaign finance laws through the passage of these bills is a first step and needs to be done now.

​AND

For Your Senator:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].

I’m calling to urge Senator___________ to Co-Sponsor campaign finance bill S1500 and to ask the Senate President to bring these bills to the floor for a vote. We need to bring more transparency and accountability to our election process. Improving our campaign finance laws through the passage of these bills is a first step and needs to be done now.

Please let us know how your call went by completing the form at this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScXHgXbsjVZcoig-Sfhrm7NEmLr2s6cyCCbYEZLGZmgx8ouqg/viewform

We are piloting this to see how well we can track the support for the bills.

Please forward this message to people in your action network. The more people our representatives hear from, the more likely they are to support these bills.

For more information about these bills, scroll down.

The links will send you to the complete bill language. We recommend scrolling to the last part of each bill and reading the “Statement” section for a detailed summary.

ASSEMBLY A1524

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman ANDREW ZWICKER

District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)

Assemblyman DANIEL R. BENSON

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblyman S.Kean

Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee:

Mazzeo, Vincent – Chair

Sumter, Shavonda E. – Vice-Chair

Carroll, Michael Patrick

McKnight, Angela V.

Peters, Ryan E.

Reynolds-Jackson, Verlina

The bill would require disclosure by any independent expenditure committee. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/A2000/1524_I1.HTM

SENATE S1500

Sponsored by:

Senator TROY SINGLETON

District 7 (Burlington)

Senator LINDA R. GREENSTEIN

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Referred to Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee:

Beach, James – Chair

Turner, Shirley K. – Vice-Chair

Brown, Chris A.

Cruz-Perez, Nilsa

Thompson, Samuel D.

The bill would require disclosure by any independent expenditure committee. It would require these committees to report contribution and expenditure information in excess of $300 to the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S1500/1500_I1.HTM