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Assembly Bill A–1524 (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
How does that happen?
Exposes “dark money” swamping NJ politics by so-called “independent-expenditure groups” — Super 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!