Legislation that would require “dark money” independent groups to disclose their major donors will be amended on the Senate floor today to include a ban that would prohibit elected officials from being involved — directly or indirectly — in any independent expenditure committee.
The amendment appears to directly target Brendan Gill, an Essex County freeholder who runs a non-profit group allied with Gov. Phil Murphy.
The bill sponsored by State Sen. Troy Singleton (D-Palmyra) would require independent organizations that spend more than $3,000 on a political campaign or advocating a position on a bill or regulation to disclose all donors who contribute more than $10,000. The bill would also require disclosure of how the money was spent.
The Senate will vote on the amendment. The original bill had been scheduled for a vote at today’s session.
Opposition to Singleton’s proposal has united some strange bedfellows: the American Civil Liberties Union has teamed up with Prosperity New Jersey on this one.
This story was updated at 11:41 AMS1500 dark money