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Kean: Murphy-aligned group should disclose donors

By Nikita Biryukov, January 04 2019 4:40 pm

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean has added his name to the list of New Jersey lawmakers calling for a non-profit aligned with Gov. Phil Murphy to follow through on a since-broken promise to release a list of its donors.

“They should disclose donors,” Kean said.

New Direction New Jersey, a 501(c)4 group run by former Murphy campaign aides Brendan Gill, Brad Lawrence and Steve DeMicco, said in the spring of 2018 that it would disclose a list of its donors by the end of 2018.

In late December, a spokesman for the group told the New Jersey Globe that the non-profit would keep its donors secret due to what he called a hostile political environment.

Groups like New Direction New Jersey are not legally required to release the names of their donors.

Earlier Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy said he believed the non-profit should disclose its donors.

“I think they should disclose their donors, as should all similar groups,” Murphy said. “But the fact that we’re discussing what any one group should or shouldn’t do above and beyond the law, rather than all groups, is indicative of the problem. We must strengthen our disclosure laws.”

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