FEC resolves two N.J. cases

A Federal Election Commission ruled earlier this month that Dick Zimmer’s 2000 congressional campaign and consultants Larry Weitzner and Tom Blakely violated the law, but declined to prosecute them. A complaint filed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee alleged “a scheme to coordinate radio and direct mail advertisements opposing” Democrat Rush Holt. The FEC fined Council for Responsible Government was fined $5,500 for their role in defeating Tom Kean, Jr., then a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress. A complaint filed by Kean’s campaign committee alleged that the CRG made illegal corporate contributions that were coordinated with one of Kean’s opponents, Michael Ferguson. The FEC found “reason to believe a violation occurred” on the corporate contribution and advocacy, but not on the coordination.

FEC resolves two N.J. cases