NJ gets an “F” in outside expenditure reporting

A recent study from the Center for Public Integrity gave New Jersey a failing grade for its disclosure of campaign spending by outside groups.

The group focused on spending by super PACs, nonprofits and other outside groups, grading all 50 states on their respective disclosure requirements.

New Jersey was one of 26 states to receive a failing grade.

“This assessment demonstrates the poor state of disclosure of the money spent by outside groups,” said Edwin Bender, executive director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics, which produced the report with The Center for Public Integrity.

New Jersey received just 30 points out of a possible 100 in the survey, pulling in the entire 30 for its reporting of independent expenditures.  However, in five other categories – Independent Expenditures’ Target Reported, Independent Expenditures’ Position Reported, Electioneering Communications Reported, Electioneering Communications’ Target Reported and Electioneering Communications’ Position Reported – the state failed to gain any points.

Election Law Enforcement Commission Executive Director Jeff Brindle said right now the law in New Jersey is inadequate.

“That doesn’t surprise me at all we’ve been leading the way for the last three years trying to promote the idea that legislation should be enacted that would require disclosure by these groups and we’re going to continue to try to push that,” Brindle said.

There are at least two proposed bills in the legislature now, Brindle said, that would tighten up disclosure requirements for the outside groups.

NJ gets an “F” in outside expenditure reporting