American Anti-Corruption Act

Dec. 21 11 AM Represent NJ Chapter Mtg

Join us for an informal social gathering — some holiday cookies, cider and good conversation about current events, both political and personal as well as brain storming ideas for 2020. Just follow the signs at UUCP.

Looking forward to seeing you.  RSVP goodmandavid199@gmail.com

Special Edition National Call Nov. 19 8 PM

Big things ahead! Join the RepresentUs National Leaders’ Call to get the inside scoop on some exciting updates to our Volunteer Program.

We asked volunteer leaders how to improve the RepresentUs volunteer experience, and now we’re putting your ideas into practice. Over the next few weeks RepresentUs will be rolling out a revamped volunteer program. This includes re-thinking how we guide volunteers to take action and unveiling two brand new volunteer teams that folks across the U.S. can join. 

Join our call to hear from RepresentUs Organizing Manager James Jameson about where the volunteer program is headed, and ask any questions that may arise during the presentation. Not a leader? No worries, all RepresentUs volunteers and supporters are welcome to listen in. 

Here is everything you need to know:

What: SPECIAL EDITION RepresentUs Leaders’ Call

When: Tuesday, November 19th at 8pm ET

Why: Get the inside scoop on some exciting changes to the RepresentUs Volunteer Program

You can join the call by clicking through this link: https://zoom.us/j/896222638 or by calling into 669-900-6833 with the Webinar ID: 896 222 638


Sign up here to get all the info you need to join sent to your email: https://volunteer.represent.us/nlc_111919?fbclid=IwAR2viCuHzyD7B4PK_anZ6rgocaceF3ZWoUZ5_ZLzTQXfTu9ySkZY92RkrpY

Represent NJ Chapter Meeting Oct. 19

Join us for our October Chapter Meeting.
Saturday, October 19 at 11 AM
Fahs Theater at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton 
50 Cherry Hill Rd., Princeton
 
Who/what is Wolf-PAC?  Mike Monetta, national director of our coalition partner, Wolf-PAC NJ,  will lead a Q&A via live stream.
We will also have an Update on the End Dark Money Bill and a discussion of our  Ranked Choice Voting Campaign.

Call for an End to Dark Money in NJ

The End Dark Money bill A1524 will be up for a vote MONDAY, MARCH 25 at 1 PM
COME to the NJ State House 125 W State St, Trenton, NJ 08608 to support A1524.  Let’s show our Legislators that we want transparency in our elections.

AND Speaker Coughlin ((732) 855-7441) must hear from the grassroots declaring our support for S-1500/A-1524 and calling for a vote on Monday, 3/25, in the full Assembly. Right now, opponents of this legislation are mounting an aggressive campaign to defeat the bills. Let’s stop them at the gate. TAKE ACTION . Of course, contact your Assembly Reps.  Find them here:  https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp

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

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

NJ CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM BILLS

The Represent.Us Central NJ Chapter is advocating for  several campaign finance reform bills that have been introduced in the NJ Legislature’s current session.  They  are consistent with the goal for more transparency in our political system.  NJ residents can play a critical role in passing these bills into law by phoning their Legislators and urging them to Co-Sponsor these bills.  Below is a suggested script to use for the calls.   
Action: Call your NJ District Legislators to urge them to Co-Sponsor these  Campaign Finance Reform Bills  A1957, A2435, A1524, S720,  S1479, S1500 . These bills improve NJ’s campaign finance laws by requiring disclosure by independent groups, reforming the state’s and bolstering political parties. 
 
To find your legislators’ names and contact info go to:
Check below 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):
 
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 these campaign finance bills, A2435, A1957, 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 these campaign finance bills, S720, S1479, 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 calls went by replying to this email, indicating which District you are in and how your legislators responded to your call.
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, see below.  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  A2435

Sponsored by:  Assemblyman  DANIEL R. BENSON  District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

 This bill makes various changes to the “The New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act” concerning campaign contribution limits, expenditures, and reporting requirements, and modifies the current law regulating the awarding of public contracts to business entities that make campaign contributions, commonly referred to as the “pay to play” law.  The bill also requires the creation and maintenance of a searchable unified database, available to the public on the Internet, of all public contracts awarded by government entities in this State.   http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/A2500/2435_I1.HTM

 
ASSEMBLY   A1957

Sponsored by:  Assemblyman  JON M. BRAMNICK  District 21 (Morris, Somerset  and Union ), Assemblyman  ANTHONY M. BUCCO District 25 (Morris and Somerset), Assemblywoman  HOLLY T. SCHEPISI District 39 (Bergen and Passaic)

This bill will 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.  http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/A2000/1957_I1.HTM

ASSEMBLY  A1524

Sponsored by:  Assemblyman  ANDREW ZWICKER District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) and Assemblyman  DANIEL R. BENSON District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)           Co-Sponsored by:  Assemblyman S.Kean

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

SENATE S720

Sponsored by:  Senator  LINDA R. GREENSTEIN  District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex) and  Senator  NILSA CRUZ-PEREZ  District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

This bill modifies the current law regulating the awarding of public contracts to business entities that make campaign contributions, commonly referred to as the “pay to play” law.  The bill also requires the creation and maintenance of a searchable unified database, available to the public on the Internet, of all public contracts awarded by government entities in this State.  http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S1000/720_I1.HTM

SENATE S1479

Sponsored by:  Senator  TROY SINGLETON  District 7 (Burlington)

 

A business entity seeking to enter into or holding a public contract would be barred from making a contribution to a political committee, or continuing political committee, in addition to candidate committees and legislative leadership committees.  http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/S1500/1479_I1.HTM
 

SENATE   S1500 

Sponsored by:  Senator  TROY SINGLETON  District 7 (Burlington)

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

 

Cranbury Anti-Corruption Resolution Passes

The Cranbury Township Committee passed an Anti-Corruption resolution on Monday, November 27, sending a strong message to state and federal lawmakers to pass anti-corruption reform.

The township resolution supports the strengthening  of campaign finance and transparency regulations with the purpose of  limiting the influence of special interest money in elections and lawmaking.

RepresentUs Central NJ,  the local chapter of the national organization, Represent.Us, a grassroots, bipartisan anti-corruption group, worked with Cranbury residents to advocate for the measure. The Chapter has successfully advocated for the passage of Anti-Corruption Resolutions in five other Central NJ municipalities, Ewing, Lawrence, Princeton, South Brunswick and West Windsor.

The group is currently gathering support for reintroduction of a bi-partisan package of  campaign finance reform bills  in the 2018 NJ Legislature.   These bills , A3903, A3639, A3902, S2431,  S2430 improve NJ’s state campaign finance laws by requiring disclosure by independent groups, reforming the state’s pay-to-play law and bolstering political parties. 

“Public disclosure rules for these committees are woefully outdated,”  said Jeff Brindle, Executive Director of ELEC. “Some of these groups deserve credit because they voluntarily disclose their contributions and expenditures. But New Jersey’s current law is so inadequate that most independent spending can be done without voters ever knowing who provided the funds. We continue to urge both parties to consider passing ELEC-recommended legislation that would correct this massive loophole.” (http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/11/29/the-79-million-gubernatorial-election-second-most-costly-in-state-history/?utm_source=NJ+Spotlight++Master+List&utm_campaign=f8a7d77306-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1d26f473a7-f8a7d77306-398604165)

The RepresentUs Central NJ Chapter will continue to ask residents of local municipalities to work with them to persuade their towns to join this grassroots effort to  limit the influence of big money on the political system.  It welcomes anyone to contact them at repuscnj@gmail.com to join this effort,

Come, Listen, Learn How You Can Become an Effective Activist

Advocacy and Change Matter: Writing Checks, Signing Petitions, and Protest Marches… Is That All There Is?

Sam Daley-Harris

sam_daley_harrisSunday July 9, 11:15AM
Assembly Room

at Nassau Presbyterian Church at 61 Nassau St., Princeton NJ 08542

RepresentUs Central NJ Chapter will have an Information Table where you can talk with us and learn how you can help to make our political system more representative of the people.


Are you hungry for a bigger voice in our democracy? Are you frustrated by the options you see: writing more checks, signing more petitions, and joining more protests or counter-protests? Are you wondering if that’s all there is? Sam Daley-Harris answers no, there’s so much more. For Daley-Harris the key is connecting with an organization committed to helping dissolve the powerlessness, but that’s not an easy task. Join Sam as he guides us around the pitfalls and on a path to making a profound difference on issues like getting money out of politics, climate change, ending global and 
domestic poverty, and reducing the Pentagon budget.

Sam Daley-Harris founded the anti-poverty lobby RESULTS in 1980 and founded the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation (CCET) in 2012. CCET helps non-profits train their members to create champions in Congress and the media for their cause. Daley-Harris coached Citizens Climate Lobby the first seven years of its existence and is author of Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break between People and Government. Ashoka (Everyone a Changemaker) founder Bill Drayton called Daley-Harris “one of the certified great social entrepreneurs of the last decades.”