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Dark money bill headed to Murphy’s desk

By Nikita Biryukov, March 25 2019 5:47 pm

The Assembly will vote to concur with an amendment to a dark money bill that would require groups like the Murphy-aligned New Direction New Jersey to disclose their donors, a spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin told the New Jersey Globe.

The Assembly passed a version of the bill that applied to 501(c)(6) groups. Those groups are typically trade groups, and that version of the bill spawned resistance from the state Chamber of Commerce and others.

The Senate passed an amended version that cut the 501(c)(6)s out.

It’s not clear whether Gov. Phil Murphy will sign the bill.

He has previously spoken favorably of disclosure requirements, but he opposed a previous version of the bill because of a provision that some said targeted New Direction New Jersey and Essex County Freeholder President Brendan Gill, who is one of the former Murphy campaign staffers that runs the 501(c)(4).

Those measures didn’t make it into the rewrite the Assembly passed today, and they’re absent from the amended version as well.

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