NJDSC FILING ELEC COMPLAINT AGAINST CIATTARELLI CAMPAIGN FOR VIOLATION OF PUBLIC FINANCING LAWS
State Celebration Calls Out GOP Nominee’s Try to Circumvent ELEC Rules to Improperly Fill Marketing campaign Coffers
TRENTON, NJ — The New Jersey Democratic State Committee is submitting an official, formal grievance with the Election Legislation Enforcement Fee towards Republican gubernatorial nominee Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli for violating state marketing campaign finance rules that exist to safeguard New Jersey taxpayer funds which are a part of the general public matching funds program. The NJDSC found that the Ciattarelli marketing campaign solicited contributions for the Basic Election prematurely of Major Election day regardless of clear directives from ELEC that such an motion could be improper. Based mostly on the proof shared by the NJDSC, ELEC ought to withhold public matching funds from the Ciattarelli marketing campaign till it absolutely investigates this grievance.
The grievance can be filed at this time and a replica of it’s obtainable right here: https://www.njdems.org/wp-
“Jack Ciattarelli has been caught red-handed improperly making an attempt to boost cash for his marketing campaign in violation of legal guidelines that shield the taxpayer-funded gubernatorial matching funds program,” stated NJDSC Govt Director Saily Avelenda. “The regulation couldn’t be extra clear that gubernatorial candidates can’t solicit funds for the Basic Election prematurely of major election day, and doing so violates ELEC’s guidelines for these looking for to be Governor. Apparently, Assemblyman Ciattarelli doesn’t suppose the principles apply to him.”
As outlined within the ELEC grievance, NJDSC has found that the Ciattarelli marketing campaign marketed a fundraising occasion as early as Could twenty seventh — nicely earlier than the June eighth major election — that was to be held on June twenty third, weeks after the first. The invitation solicited contributions of as much as $2,500 by way of the WinRed digital fundraising platform and was publicly marketed by way of a Fb submit by the Bergen County Republican Group. The manufacturing and distribution of the invitation and the obvious assortment of funds via a fundraising platform that incurs bills is a transparent violation of ELEC’s ban on endeavor actions and incurring expenditures to solicit common election contributions previous to the first election. The NJDSC has referred to as on ELEC to cease switch of any public matching funds to the Ciattarelli marketing campaign whereas it critiques this violation.
“If Jack Ciattarelli is keen to cheat New Jersey to finance his marketing campaign, similar to he’s keen to embrace Donald Trump and his lies in regards to the 2020 election, voters needs to be deeply involved about his judgment, his character, and his willingness to interact in improper and unethical conduct,” stated Murphy for Governor Marketing campaign Supervisor Mollie Binotto. “We applaud the state get together for uncovering this violation of our marketing campaign finance legal guidelines, and urge ELEC to swiftly examine the matter and cease Jack Ciattarelli’s try and cheat on this election.”
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