They are: one state law applying across the board, elimination of the Fair and Open loophole, disclosure on contracts of more than $17,500, and a modest increase in the contribution limit applicable to public contractors.
The importance of strengthening, simplifying, and standardizing the pay-to-play law cannot be overstated. The public deserves to know that contributions are not unduly influencing the awarding of public contracts. It also deserves vigorous, honest, and informative campaigns that in this day and age can only be underwritten by adequate funding.
Jeff Brindle is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. The opinions presented here are his own and not necessarily those of the Commission.
RECENT COLUMS BY JEFF BRINDLE