[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Hoboken 10-5-2011 by Ord. No. Z-134. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The short title of this chapter is "Election Contribution Restrictions."
The City of Hoboken seeks to complement the goals of the New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act, P.L. 1973, c. 83 (N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 et seq.), as amended, through local legislation to control the use of wheeling to usurp the goals of the New Jersey Campaign Contribution and Expenditures Reporting Act for elected officials of the City of Hoboken. As a result, the City hereby enacts this chapter to enforce contribution limits on a local level in an attempt to stifle wheeling during the City's local municipal elections.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any political committee, continuing political committee, political party committee, candidate committee, joint candidate committee or legislative leadership committee, as the terms are defined in N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 et seq., and any PAC organized under § 527 of the Internal Revenue Code.
No candidate or candidate committee for any Hoboken elective municipal office shall accept any monetary or in-kind contribution, in excess of $500 per election, directly or indirectly, from any committee.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing herein shall restrict the transfer of funds between a candidate committee and a joint candidate committee maintained by a candidate for the same office.
Notwithstanding any other rights under common or statutory law, any Hoboken citizen or citizen's group shall have the right to sue any or all individuals or entities in violation of this chapter, including the candidate or committee as specified in § 20D-3 above, and/or the City of Hoboken, in order to compel compliance with this chapter.
This chapter shall be enforced by the City Clerk of the City of Hoboken.
Any violation of this chapter shall be noncurable.
Any candidate for Hoboken municipal elective office who receives a contribution which violates the provisions of this chapter shall refund the contribution within 30 days of becoming aware of the violation.
Any candidate or committee that willfully and intentionally makes or receives any contribution in violation of this chapter shall be liable to a penalty equal to four times the amount of the contribution made.