Entries in New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (2)


Transparency? Freeholder Lazzaro failed to file Election Law report

According to the website of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, Freeholder Carl Lazzaro has failed to file his "Certificate of Organization and Designation of Campaign Treasurer and Depository" -- also known as an NJELEC Form D-1.  This is an important document, because it provides basic details to the public about who is taking money on behalf of the campaign and where that money is going.

Not only did Freeholder Lazzaro fail to file a Form D-1.  He also failed to have his campaign Treasurer sign his latest accounting of his expenditures and campaign contribution collections (an NJELEC Form R-1). 

Freeholder Lazzaro's boss -- Freeholder George Graham -- is currently being investigated by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJELEC).  The New Jersey Herald reported (March 4, 2018): 

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission has filed a five-count complaint against Sussex County Freeholder George Graham for allegedly failing to comply with state law regarding campaign contributions during the 2013 election season.

The complaint, filed on Feb. 14 and publicly released one week later, alleges that Graham and his campaign treasurer, Gail Graham, failed to report accurate contributor information, to report certain contributions, to complete payee addresses for certain expenditures, to report the correct amount for certain expenditures and reported an incorrect sum of small contributions in the 2013 primary election. The complaint further alleges that Graham's campaign filed a required form for the general election almost two years after it was due.

...Each count in the complaint carries a maximum penalty of $7,600 for each transaction not reported in the manner or time prescribed by the state Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act or ELEC regulations. 

For more on the story, readers can visit the New Jersey Herald:




Who paid for Roseff's signs?

The signs are an outright lie.  They read:  "Stop the gas tax hike.  Vote No on Question 2." 

The truth, acknowledged by everyone, is that the a No vote on Question 2 would not undo the gas tax increase that went into effect on November 1st.  The signs were part of a classic Big Lie campaign. 

That campaign failed.  On Tuesday, November 8th, in addition to electing Donald Trump as President of the United States, voters in Sussex County voted YES on Question Two by a margin of twenty percentage points.  Statewide, the YES campaign won by nine points.

On Saturday, November 12th, Harvey Roseff showed up at Newton Green to stage a one-person demonstration at the location where two rallies had been previously called and cancelled.  Like the anti-Trump demonstrations held around the country, Roseff appeared to be attempting to ignore the election just decided, planting about a dozen of the above signs around Newton Green.

A closer examination of these signs revealed that something was missing:  The disclaimer.  Election paraphernalia advocating for or against a Ballot Question is covered under laws administered by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (NJELEC).  A disclaimer is mandatory.

Thousands of signs like the dozen or so Harvey Roseff was posting on Newton Green appeared across the state in the run-up to the November 8th election.  What organization, politician, political committee, media corporation, or individual paid for them to be printed, distributed, and posted?