NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Likely to Veto Bill Disclosing ‘Dark Money’ Donors

Gov. Phil Murphy. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

It’s hard to find people who openly support the concept of “dark money” donations which allow individuals or groups to hide their support for certain political candidates and causes. But the donations are politically expedient and, as Politico reports, Gov. Phil Murphy is likely to conditionally veto a bill that would require political groups funded by such donations to disclose their major donors.

Murphy has reason to keep such aid secret. The governor has, by his own admission, solicited donations and appeared in ads for a dark money group that supports his progressive agenda. That group, New Direction New Jersey, initially promised to disclose its donors but then reneged on that pledge.

Politico reports that Murphy is likely to conditionally veto the disclosure bill, though members of the Murphy camp wouldn’t tell the site what changes the governor will seek. The conditional veto will allow Murphy to kill the bill without a having to issue a firm veto.

The bill before Murphy has been endorsed by the nonpartisan New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, although other groups have said the law is too broad and could be unconstitutional, Politico reports.

Quote of the Day: “It’s like a McCarthy trial. They won’t let the people they’re accusing testify in public. They have to submit written documentation. So what are you afraid of if this is a legitimate process. What are you afraid of? Why won’t you let the other side come publicly speak?” — Senate President Steve Sweeney on the Murphy administration’s investigation into the awarding of state tax incentives that is largely viewed as an attack on Sweeney and other political enemies of the governor.

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NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Likely to Veto Bill Disclosing ‘Dark Money’ Donors