Like the nagging parent stressing the dangers of a hot stove, unappreciated Chief Compliance Officers and General Counsel everywhere have been on a pperpetual mission to warn fellow employees of the dangers inherent in mixing contribution activity and state procurement without proper oversight. Such is the lot of the under-appreciated “Cost Center” compliance… Continue Reading
As we predicted here…”Moorestown council will undo recent campaign finance reforms, but one council member doesn’t think the discussion should end there.”
We have previously used our little corner of “The Cloud” to blog about the unintended consequences that often present themselves when local governments respond to (already illegal) bribery scandals with increased pay-to-play legislation.
New Jersey engineering firm Birdsall Services Group realized the full consequences of violating state pay-to-play laws on August 30th after a state court judge ordered that the contractor pay $1M in criminal penalties, the maximum allowable by law.
Jeff Brindle, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has made a sensible proposal on pay-to-play reform which deserves both our attention and state action.
While 2013 may be a quiet year on the federal election front, there will still be plenty of political noise made this fall in the Garden State as New Jersey’s state and local elections take center stage. The ardent politicos among our readers are probably disappointed that we won’t be seeing the “rising star” gubernatorial showdown… Continue Reading
Last night, the New Jersey City Council agreed unanimously to pass a revised pay-to-play ordinance restricting vendor contributions to Board of Education candidates. No real news there. The story, as they say, is in the story that got them there.
With Labor Day weekend at hand and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions upon us, much of the American electorate is finally beginning to tune back into politics and prepare themselves for what will certainly be a very interesting close to the 2012 campaign season. News regarding the race for The White House will certainly dominate… Continue Reading
New Jersey’s Appellate Division strictly construes the state’s pay-to-play penalty provisions.
We’ve noted before that New Jersey remains the hands-down leader in pay-to-play ordinance proliferation.
Atlanta’s Fulton County Commission met yesterday as predicted here to take up its latest pay-to-play resolution. Everyone’s dying to know what happened. Drum roll . . . It failed.
Following our coverage about Trenton Mayor Tony Mack’s unsuccessful efforts to countermand a pay-to-play bar imposed by his City Law Director, anonymous sources are leaking that Mayor Mack himself is now under Justice Department investigation for pay-to-play and election law disclosure violations.
We brought Trenton to your attention here just a few days ago to highlight the potential pitfalls of “ban first, inquire later” pay-to-play enforcement. At the time, we observed that Trenton Mayor Tony Mack’s effort to rescind a pay-to-play ban was “procedurally murky”. The Trentonian apparently reported that “[t]here is no reason for the City of Trenton to continue with another embarrassing decision made by a city council that lacks backbone.”
The recent “pay-to-play” proposals in Newark, NJ have been criticized by some public officials for a rather novel reason: they can’t pick up the phone and call Oprah for a contribution like their popular Mayor, Corey Booker, can. While the proposed legislation in Newark is in its infancy and is likely to change, it appears to be aimed at limiting contributions from local redevelopment companies.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently announced an ambitious proposal to overhaul New Jersey’s ethics regulations The proposals by Christie, who campaigned vigorously on ethics reform, also contain several new “pay-to-play” regulations. An announcement from the Governor’s office announced three proposals which would directly address New Jersey’s current “pay-to-play” regime.
Several efforts are underway at the state and local levels to re-examine New Jersey’s stringent pay-to-play laws. This is probably a good development. Without question, New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws, put into effect in 2006, are considered by most in the regulated community to be among the most intrusive and confusing in the country. That is… Continue Reading
Recently, New York’s Attorney General filed legal pleadings rebutting the assertion that there is nothing inherently wrong with using political connections and favors to secure state contracts because “everybody does it”.
A new report issued by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) is being cited as evidence that New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws, which are undoubtedly amongst the most robust in the nation, are reducing the amount of money entering New Jersey politics.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued an executive order curbing political donations by labor unions.
Pay-to-play legislation remains a hot topic in New Jersey, as the already stringent laws will soon be even more robust.