NJ City Repeals Rule Limiting Contracts Campaign Contributors

Press of Atlantic City (1/4): “In a unanimous vote, Wildwood City Commission on Wednesday scrapped its 2-year-old campaign financing ordinance.”

“”The vote repeals an ordinance approved in October 2012, which prevented those contributing to political campaigns of those seeking city or county office for accepting municipal contracts.

“No one from the public commented on the ordinance at the morning meeting. Commission members didn’t discuss it.
Often referred to as pay-to-play rules, the Wildwood ordinance and others approved in Cape May County prevented those holding professional services contracts from contributing to the elections of those who would decide those contracts.”

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Editorial: Part Time Work Worsens NJ Legislature’s Pay to Play Culture, Time to Make Full Time

Auburn Pub; “Despite all that, there’s a valid argument for saying that it may time to adjust state lawmaker base pay. They last got a raise in 1999, and if we’re looking to get the best and brightest people interested in this form of public service, it could be time for an adjustment.

‘With this chatter about a raise, there have also been suggestions about trade-offs. Legislators may get a raise if they agree to increase minimum wage or if they agree to adjust other state executive branch leadership salaries.

“We’re against such horse trading because there’s really a much more important compromise lawmakers should be making if they want greater paychecks from the taxpayers. They should be giving up their outside income and agree to make the job of state legislator officially a full-time job.

‘The much-maligned Moreland Commission that was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to explore government corruption did hit on at least one major problem with Albany. The conflicts created by the outside income elected lawmakers take in are a huge driver of the ‘pay to play’ culture in the state Capitol.

“The New York Public Interest Research Group did an analysis of financial disclosure forms and found that in 2012, state lawmakers had median income of $137,000 to $172,000. And many of the sources of that income had some form of business, direct or indirect, with the state.”

NJ State Senator Pushes Plan to Limit Contributions from Contractors, Local Parties

Politicker NJ: “Senator Tom Kean, R-21, has announced that pursuant to Senate Rule 12:6, he has filed a 24-hour notice to remove Senate Bill 287, which would limit campaign contributions by contractors and political parties, from the State Government Committee for a vote in the full Senate.”

“S-287 restricts contributions from public contractors, and county and municipal political party committees.”