[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Burlington 11-13-2000 (Sec. 3:5 of the 1975 General Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL AND APPOINTEE
- Any person holding elective municipal office or holding an appointed position with the municipal government or in any agency, commission, board or office thereof, whether the position is full-time or part-time or whether the position is compensated or uncompensated.
- POLITICAL CONTRIBUTION
- Any loan, payment and/or transfer of money or other things of value to any candidate, elected official or representative of any political organization, or other commitments or assumptions of liability in connection with such transfer. A political contribution shall be deemed to have been made upon the date when such transfer is made and/or when such commitment or liability is assumed.
- To request, by oral or written communication, a contribution as that term is defined above.
- PUBLIC PROPERTY OR EQUIPMENT
- Any real or personal property and/or equipment owned, leased, or controlled by the municipal government, including, but not limited to, any buildings owned by the municipal government, vehicles, phones, fax machines, computers, stationery, postage and any machines used in any office of the municipal government.
No municipal official 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 in any municipal building occupied in the discharge of official municipal business. This section 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 contribution is in any municipal building occupied in the discharge of official municipal business.
No municipal official 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 utilizing public property or equipment.
A violation of any provision of this chapter shall be punishable by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.