This week the media was honing in on political contributions made by state contractors to outside groups that are not subject to New Jersey's strict rules. Since The Citizens Campaign played a significant role in shaping the state's pay-to-play law, we were sought out for comment.
See what we had to say in both an article and editorial in the New York Times, as well as an article in the Wall Street Journal. Our take away from these news reports is that the NJ State Treasurer needs to make it clear to state contractors that they are prohibited from trying to circumvent the state pay-to-play law through third parties. We're not assuming any person or business is violating the state's pay-to-play law, but as we told the Wall Street Journal, this situation "definitely warrants a closer look." At minimum the State Treasurer needs to put vendors on notice that the law will be enforced if it appears there is any funny business going on.
"Sandy Relief Contractor Used Local Lawyer in Its Bid," by Heather Haddon, Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2013.
"Donors’ Funds Sidestep Law, Aiding Christie," by Nicholas Confessore, New York Times, September 17, 2013.
"Funny Money in New Jersey," New York Times Editorial, September 19, 2013.