Friday, April 4, 2014

POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS



Could anti “Pay to play” legislation be on its death bed? Could Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision be the fulcrum to overturn what laws New Jersey has in Place? Does it really matter since there seems to be a multitude of ways to circumvent the intent of those laws?


The Court ruling which is limited to “federal elections” did not  affect familiar base limits on contributions from individuals to candidates, currently $2,600 per candidate in primary and general elections. But it said that overall limits of $48,600 by individuals every two years for contributions to all federal candidates violated the First Amendment, as did separate aggregate limits on contributions to political party committees, currently $74,600.


Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for four justices in the controlling opinion, said the overall limits could not survive First Amendment scrutiny. “There is no right in our democracy more basic,” he wrote, “than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.” He added that included the use of money.


Justice Stephen G. Breyer remarked that this ruling would allow “a single individual to contribute millions of dollars to a political party or to a candidate’s campaign.”


What is not affected yet is the ability of the “Super PACs” to collect and spend large sums for various candidates in Federal and State elections. These are the sources of the bombarding TV commercials in those races plus the annoying computer generated phone calls.


I suppose that now there is campaigns for the House, Assembly, County and Council that will affect our locality, Jerry Green’s blog will once again switch from just posting Assembly Bills that have passed and become a source of support for those candidates that he as Chair of both the County and Plainfield Democrat Committees must support.

Did you read his blog on the 2nd


Wednesday, April 2, 2014
ASSEMBLY DEMOCRATS NEWS RELEASE  **MEDIA ADVISORY** Wisniewski to Hold Teleconference to Discuss Latest Developments in GWB Investigation (TRENTON) – Assembly Select Committee on Investigation Co-Chair John Wisniewski will host a teleconference call this afternoon to discuss the latest developments in the ongoing investigation into the GWB lane closures and the abuse of government power. The teleconference will take place today, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 3 p.m. Call-in information is as follows: USA Toll-Free: (888) 285-4585 International Calls: (304) 345-7354 Participant Code: 930012

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Isn’t it nice to have a timely notice?



10:30 AM 4/4/13 A GOOD ARTICLE TO READ








 

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