“When a potential candidate for elective office in New Jersey starts raising funds for what could become spending that later benefits them as an official candidate, regardless of whether or not they eventually file to run for an office, they have to start reporting with the New Jersey Law Enforcement Election Commission (NJ ELEC) so the public can see what they are doing and who is paying for it.
“NJ ELEC requires quarterly reports annually until a campaign reporting period begins, then during campaign periods reporting becomes more frequent leading up to an election.
“All five seats on Lyndhurst Board of Commissioners are up for a vote this year, on May 11, 2021.
“Today, January 15, 2021, marks the first financial report due date on my part to NJ ELEC after a campaign bank account was opened in my name in December 2020 to start taking in funds and financing the exploration of a race for Lyndhurst Commissioner in the May 11 municipal election.
“To date, I have loaned my campaign account $5,200 to cover any expenses that might later be considered spent for campaign purposes, should I file as a candidate in March. NO funds in my campaign account have been spent as of today’s filing.
“I will not take any campaign contributions from any person employed by or doing business with the Lyndhurst municipal government or the Lyndhurst public schools, even if it is legal to do so.
“I’m trying to do better for Lyndhurst.
“Not all candidates follow NJ ELEC campaign public reporting guidelines properly when raising and spending money.“
READ THE RECORD 2016 NEWS COVERAGE:
Six current and former Lyndhurst officials pay $18,620 in campaign finance penalties
by LINDA MOSS The Record, February 3, 2016
LYNDHURST — Mayor Robert Giangeruso and several other township officials have paid a combined $18,620 in penalties as part of a consent agreement over alleged violations of the state’s election law during the 2009 municipal campaign.
In addition to Giangeruso, the case involved current township commissioners Thomas DiMaggio and John Montillo; Richard DiLascio, a former mayor and the current township attorney; Brian Haggerty, a former township commissioner; and Joseph Abruscato, a former township commissioner and a current member of the Board of Education. Under the pact with the state’s Election Law Enforcement Commission, none of the men admitted or denied the allegations made in the complaint against them.
The state had claimed that the men were late in filing campaign contribution and expenditure reports prior to the 2009 election, and that they omitted required information about some donors. At that time, Giangeruso, DiLascio, Haggerty, DiMaggio and Abruscato were candidates, and Montillo was the campaign treasurer, according to the consent order.
In one instance, the consent order said that a campaign contribution filing due on April 13, 2009, or 29 days before the election, was given to the state on Dec. 4 of last year, or 2,426 days late.
Gregory Nagy, the attorney who represented the men, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
The Lyndhurst men have already paid the $18,620 penalty, according to the consent order.
“The campaign finance report I filed today (found below) will be made public by NJ ELEC on January 22, 2021.
“I am releasing early, the same day I officially filed it.”
FIND ALL NJ CANDIDATE REPORTS HERE: https://www.elec.nj.gov