The New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) is sponsoring a seminar on September 18 to help businesses comply with the new contribution disclosure requirements. All businesses and nonprofits which receive $50,000 or more annually through contracts with State, county or local governmental entities in New Jersey are subject to the new requirements.
50 days left until disclosure.
Here’s a tip: Only “reportable” contributions need to be disclosed on the Chapter 271 disclosure form. A “reportable” contribution is one in excess of $300 in the aggregate per election to candidate committees (including joint candidate committees) and political committees; and $300 in the aggregate per calendar year to political party committees, legislative leadership committees, and continuing political committees.
Today’s New York Times reports that lobbyists are concerned about the newly passed federal lobbying and ethics reform.
Members of a multi-member business or trade association PAC or CPC have been relieved of the requirement to report on their Chapter 271 Business Entity Annual Disclosure Statement the political contributions made by the trade association CPC, unless the business entity “directly or indirectly controls” the CPC. Read more on NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission Advisory Opinion 2-2007. Continue reading
59 days to go.
Pursuant to Chapter 271, a business entity that has received $50,000 or more in government contracts in a calendar year must file an annual disclosure statement electronically with ELEC. The disclosure form requires reporting contract information and reportable contributions the business entity has made. The due date for the first annual disclosure report for calendar year 2006 is September 28, 2007.
We’re starting a countdown and will be posting various tips to help you along the way. Read more for your first tip. Continue reading
If you are engaged in lobbying the City of New York, can you offer a New York City public servant a cup of coffee? The answer is Yes and No. Continue reading
In today’s New York Law Journal read about the new NYC pay-to-play law and other recent campaign finance law changes.
Making good on campaign promises, Governor Eliot Spitzer signed an omnibus ethics reform bill on March 26, 2007 known as the Public Employee Ethics Reform Act of 2007. The Act contains reforms to the ethical standards that public officials must observe, and notably, the legislation creates a Public Integrity Commission, which will replace the State Ethics Commission and the New York Temporary State Commission on Lobbying. The legislation, with some exceptions, will take effect on April 25, 2007. Read more for a brief overview of the new legislation. Continue reading