Freeholder Rob Clifton's campaign reform proposal has a "No Severablity" clause, or "poison pill" which means if a court invalidates any part of the resolution, the whole thing is void.
Democrats are opposing this clause, and Clifton may go along with removing it, because they expect that a court will invalidate the parts of the resolution that restricts labor unions campaign contributions, a major source of the Dem's mula. Democrats want to continue the practice of restricting the way Republicans can raise money, without endangering their own flow of funds.
If anyone's First Amendment right to contribute to political campaigns is to be restricted, everyone's should be . If a vendor is going to lose the ability to get government contracts by virtue of its political contributions, unions should be forbidden from contributing to any race that would impact a branch of government where its members work. Fair is fair, except in New Jersey.
Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Victor Scudiery was quoted in the Asbury Park Press as saying, "(Adam) Puharic and the Monmouth County Republicans are now doing what they have always done: attempting to sabotage any reform efforts with a sham substitute resolution so that they can perpetuate their Club Monmouth."
Scudiery is right. However, it is also true that Democrats throughout New Jersey have proposed and passed "reforms" that don't impact their ability to raise money from unions. If Scudiery is serious about reform, he should call Puharic's bluff and propose a plan that restricts the flow of money from all sources into Monmouth County campaigns. Otherwise, all this noise about pay to pay and wheeling is nothing more than campaign rhetoric. Same old same old from both sides.
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