[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Hamilton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Contracting procedures — See Ch. 19.
[Adopted 12-16-1998 by Ord. No. 98-049 (Ch. 44, Art. II, of the 1994 Code of Ordinances)]
Hamilton Township as a matter of public policy strongly supports full disclosure of information concerning political contributions and related activities affecting this municipality, accomplished on the state level by the New Jersey Law Enforcement Commission. Local filing of New Jersey Law Enforcement Commission reports assures Hamilton citizens will be able to readily access such information at the local level, enhancing the full disclosure.
All words, terms and phrases utilized in this article shall have the same meanings as set forth in the New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act, N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1 et seq. and implementing regulations of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, N.J.A.C. 19:25-1 et seq.
All local candidates, political committees, continuing political committees, political party committees, candidate committees and joint candidates committees shall file certificates of organization and designation of campaign depository, disclosure statements and related reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission simultaneously with the Municipal Clerk of the Township.
[Adopted 4-18-2000 by Ord. No. 00-012 (Ch. 44, Art. I, of the 1994 Code of Ordinances)]
An ordinance prohibiting political fund-raising on Township property or by use of Township facilities.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any individual seeking election to a public office in the federal, state, county, or municipal government, or school district or a political organization.
- Includes all loans and transfers of money or other thing of value to or by any candidate, elected official or political organization and all pledges or other commitments or assumptions of liability to make any such transfer. Contributions shall be deemed to have been made upon the date when such commitment is made or liability assumed.
- MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL, EMPLOYEE AND APPOINTEE
- Any person holding elective municipal office or holding an appointed position in the municipality, or in any agency, commission, board, or office thereof, whether the position is full time or part time, compensated or uncompensated; and any employee of the municipality in any agency, commission, board, or office thereof, whether the position is full time or part time.
- The Township and any officer, department, board, commission, or agency thereof.
- POLITICAL ORGANIZATION
- Any two or more persons acting jointly, or any corporation, partnership or any other incorporated or unincorporated association which is organized to, or does, aid or promote the nomination, election or defeat of any candidate or candidates for federal, state, county, municipal or school board office. "Political organization" includes, but is not limited to, organizations otherwise defined as "political committee," "joint candidates committee" and "legislative leadership committee."
- PROPERTY OF THE MUNICIPALITY
- Buildings, land, vehicles, telephones, facsimile machines, computers or other office equipment or supplies and other real or personal property owned, leased or controlled by the Township, except for public roads and open parkland.
- To seek by oral or written communication a contribution as same is defined herein.
Prohibition against soliciting or accepting political contributions on public property. No person, organization or other entity may solicit, commit to pay, or receive payment of or a commitment to pay any contribution for any candidate, elected official or political organization while in or on the property of the Township or utilizing the property of the Township. This prohibition shall not apply to property of the Township that is available for lease to the public.
Prohibited forms of fund-raising. Prohibited forms of fund-raising shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
Soliciting or accepting contributions using municipal telephones, facsimile machines or computers.
Soliciting or accepting contributions using personal telephones while on the property of the municipality.
Soliciting or accepting contributions through the use of publicly owned computers or privately owned personal computers while on the property of the municipality.
Using municipal letterhead to solicit or accept contributions.
Sending correspondence from municipal buildings or by use of municipal services, equipment or postage.
Face-to-face soliciting of an individual or an owner or representative of a business entity while on the property of the municipality.
Use of automobiles owned or leased by the municipality to accept and to solicit contributions.
It shall be the responsibility of any municipal employee, appointed or elected official who observes any prohibited form of fund-raising as identified in § 51-7B supra, to promptly report such conduct in writing to the Municipal Prosecutor.
It shall be unlawful for any employee, elected official or appointee to be dismissed, reprimanded, retaliated against or otherwise intimidated for complying with the reporting requirements mandated by this article.
To the extent not prohibited above, nothing in the article is intended to preclude municipal officials, employees, officers or elected officials of the Township from participating in the political process, including fund-raising on their own time and off property owned or leased by the Township.