What Do The Jersey Shore, The 2015 General Election & Understanding Applicable Contribution Limits Have in Common?
June 23, 2015
No - this is not a bad joke (although it could have the makings of one) - rather, because this past weekend marked the “official” start to summer and also marked the start of New Jersey’s 2015 general election cycle, we thought we would use this opportunity to discuss one of the most common mistakes in political-contribution compliance. Although the 2015 primary election was held on June 2nd, the cut-off for receiving primary-election contributions was June 19th. So, contributors that maxed out with respect to the 2015 primary are now starting with a clean slate with respect to the 2015 general. Or are they? We know that most contributors would rather be spending their summer days at the Jersey Shore than worrying about political-contribution compliance, but contributors can do both if before writing a check in connection with what the contributor believes is the 2015 general election, the contributor checks to make sure:
- Any contributions made prior to the June 19th primary election deadline were in fact received and reported in connection with the 2015 primary.
- Compliance tip – contributors often use the date on the check as the date of the contribution and committees often use the date of deposit.
- No local ordinance is in place with “election cycle” limits that impose a combined limit on the 2015 primary and general election cycles.
- Compliance tip – the Bergen County Ordinance is one example of this type of ordinance.
- The candidate was successful in the 2015 primary and will be seeking election in the 2015 general.
- Compliance tip – this is especially important with joint candidate committees.