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Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt

Steinhardt files ELEC complaint against group backing Kim

Says group operates under cloak of impropriety

By David Wildstein, March 23 2018 3:22 pm

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt has filed a complaint with the Election Law Enforcement Commission alleging that a group called Indivisible NJ 3rd District is trying to influence the congressional race between Republican Tom MacArthur and Democrat Andy Kim without filing registration or disclosures.

Steinhardt says his complaint includes 29 separate examples of the group’s efforts, ranging from helping Kim raise money to organizing rallies and persuading voters to oppose MacArthur.

“The people of New Jersey and the 3rd Congressional district count on our state and federal regulatory agencies to protect the integrity of the democratic process,” said Steinhardt. “Indivisible NJ 3rd District is very clearly operating outside of established, legal boundaries, in order to deprive NJ voters of transparency and accountability and, in the process, illegally influence NJ elections.  Indivisible NJ 3rd District seems to be deliberately avoiding bright-line laws established to let voters know who is trying to influence their candidates and elections, and with this complaint we are formally requesting that ELEC take steps to ensure that this group play by the same rules by which everyone else is required to play.”

Steinhardt wants Kim, a former Obama White House staffer, to join him in the complaint.

“If Andy Kim has any respect for the law and voters of the 3rd Congressional district, he’ll join me in my complaint or, at the very least, denounce his association with Indivisible NJ 3rd District until the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission concludes its investigation,” Steinhardt said.

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