Tag: New Jersey
Most New Jersey school districts will be holding their annual school board elections on Wednesday, April 27th. The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission reports in White Paper #21 that overall spending on school board elections has doubled during the past decade to $9.6 million. Without regard to pay-to-play restrictions, an individual or corporation may contribute up to $2,600 per election to a candidate running for school board in New Jersey. Vendors are required to disclose contributions greater than $300 per election to a school board candidate on certain pay-to-play disclosure forms. Although contributions to school board candidates are generally beyond the scope of New Jersey's statewide pay-to-play prohibition laws, school boards are authorized to adopt local pay-to-play ordinances. Thus, before writing a check (in any amount) to a school board candidate, vendors should determine whether a local ordinance is in effect.