Guide Political Contributions in New Jersey

Guide Political Contributions in New Jersey
Riker Danzig Governmental Affairs Practice Group

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (the "Commission" or "ELEC") recently amended its rules to adjust the campaign contribution limits and thresholds under the New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act, N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 et seq., (the "Act"). The changes took effect on January 1, 2001.

Corporate political contributions are specifically authorized subject to certain limits in New Jersey under the Act. Further, ELEC regulations expressly provide for corporate contributions to political committees ("PCs"), continuing political committees ("CPCs") or political action committees (more commonly known as "PACs") and place no limitation on the amount a corporation may contribute. However, certain regulated entities, e.g., telephone companies, banks, insurance companies and casinos and their affiliates are statutorily prohibited from making contributions under the New Jersey statutes and advisory opinions issued by the Attorney General. The building industry, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, legal, medical and dental professions, and real estate business are examples of entities that are not "regulated" and are outside the scope of the political contributions ban. Regulated entities are also not permitted to use their funds to establish, administer or to solicit contributions for PCs or CPCs. The ELEC regulations prevent entities which are commonly-owned or controlled from making contributions which, in the aggregate, exceed the contribution limits.

For more information, and a list of contribution limits in New Jersey campaigns, please call Riker Danzig partner Mary Kathryn Roberts in our Trenton office. This document is For informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a legal opinion. An attorney should be consulted to determine the implications of these laws in specific situations.