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Pro-Murphy group spent $503k on lobbying

New Direction NJ files lobbying report with state

By David Wildstein, February 18 2019 1:38 pm

New Direction NJ, a non-profit group aligned with Gov. Phil Murphy that has faced criticism for not disclosing its donors, spent $503,750 on lobbying expenditures in 2018.

The organization that advocates on behalf of Murphy’s agenda reported spending $411,966 on cable television ads, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

They also spent $91,250 on digital media advertising.

“Fighting for policies that will benefit the middle class and working families is a central part of why New Direction New Jersey was formed, and we are proud to have played a role in building public support for higher wages and a stronger economy for millions of New Jersey residents,” said Phil Swibinski, a spokesman for New Direction NJ.  “NDNJ is in full compliance with all state and federal law, and as our annual lobbying expense disclosure form shows the organization was a strong advocate for the landmark $15 minimum wage law recently passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Murphy.”

New Direction NJ promised in April that they would release their contributors at the end of the year, but in December they made a different decision.

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