[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Clementon 9-26-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-11. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION
- Any loans and transfers of money or other things of value to any candidate, elected official, or representative of any political organizations, or other commitments or assumptions of liability to make any such transfer. Political contributions shall be deemed to have been made upon the date when such commitment is made or liability assumed.
- POLITICAL ORGANIZATION
- Any two or more persons acting jointly, or any corporation, partnership or 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 or political party office. Political organization includes, but is not limited to, organizations defined in N.J.S.AA. 19:44A-3 as a "political committee," "joint candidates committee," "continuing political committee," "political party committee", "candidate committee" or "legislative leadership committee."
- The government of the municipality, including any officer, department, board, commission, or agency, therefore.
- MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL, EMPLOYEE and APPOINTEE
- Any person holding elective municipal office or holding an appointed position in the municipal government, 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 municipal government or of any municipal agency, commission, board, or office thereof, whether the position is full-time or part-time.
- To ask for, by oral or written communications, a contribution as that term is defined herein.
- PUBLIC PROPERTY
- All personal property owned, leased, or controlled by the municipal government, including but not limited to vehicles. phones, fax machines, computers, stationary, including municipal letterhead, postage, and other office equipment.
- PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL
- Any person or persons, corporation, company, or agency.
Prohibition against soliciting or accepting political contributions in rooms or buildings occupied in the discharge of public duties. No municipal official, employee, appointee, or private individual may solicit, commit to pay, or receive payment of or a commitment to pay any political contribution for any candidate, elected official, or political organization while in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official municipal business. This subsection shall include solicitation or acceptance of political contributions made over a private cell phone or by use of a private computer, if the person soliciting or accepting the political contribution, or using the cell phone or computer for purposes of soliciting or accepting the political contributions, is in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official municipal business.
Prohibition against use of public property for political fund-raising. No municipal official, employee, or appointee may solicit, commit to pay, or receive payment of or a commitment to pay any political contribution for any candidate, elected official or political organization, while using public property.
Exception. In the event public facilities are made available to any group for nongovernmental use, as a meeting facility, this prohibition shall not be deemed to prevent fund-raising of any sort among members of such groups during the time such groups have reserved exclusive use of the meeting facility.
Violation. Violation of any provisions of this chapter shall be punished by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days or a fine not exceeding $1,000.