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New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission

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The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission is an independent campaign finance disciplinary agency that enforces all campaign finance laws in the State of New Jersey.

Mission Statement

The Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) is dedicated to administering The New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act, The Gubernatorial, Legislative Disclosure Statement Act, Legislative and Governmental Process Activities Disclosure Act, and various portions of the Uniform Recall Election Law[1].

History

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission was created in 1973 on an act of the New Jersey Legislature[2][3].

Governance

The New Jersey ELEC is governed by a four person board.[4].

Selection of members

Members of the board that governs the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission are nominated by the Governor of New Jersey[5]. All members nominated to the ELEC are subject to advise and consent of the New Jersey Senate through a confirmation process. All members serve staggered three year terms[6].

Campaign finance discipline

If someone feels a person or committee violated New Jersey campaign finance laws, the first step is to file a complaint with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission[7].

It is up to the ELEC to verify[8] and investigate the complaints and to hold any necessary hearings[9].

If someone is found guilty of a campaign finance law violation in New Jersey, the ELEC imposes in most cases a monetary fine[10]. All criminal violations and matters outside of the jurisdiction of the ELEC is referred to the prosecuting attorney in the county where the offense happened or to the New Jersey Attorney General[11].

See also

External links

References

  1. New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission "About ELEC"(See Opening Paragraph)
  2. New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission "About ELEC"
  3. New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commmission "25th Anniversary Commeration," September 29, 1998(See Page 4)
  4. New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission "About ELEC"(See Board Members)
  5. [confirmed via telephone with NJ ELEC on 4.26.2010]
  6. [Confirmed via telephone with the Office of Governor Chris Christie, Appointments Division on 4.26.2010]
  7. New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission" New Jersey Campaign Finance Regulations(Referenced Statutes 19:25-16.48(a)-(b))
  8. New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission" New Jersey Campaign Finance Regulations(Referenced Statutes 19:25-16.48(a)-(1))
  9. New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission" New Jersey Campaign Finance Regulations(Referenced Statutes 19:25-17.1)
  10. New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission" New Jersey Campaign Finance Regulations(Referenced Statutes 19:25-20.18(c))
  11. [Confirmed with New Jersey ELEC staff via phone on 4-26-2010]