Garden State elected officials, and those who want to be, are bound by the Election Law Enforcement Commission, which mandates that candidates file New Jersey Campaign Financing and Lobbying Disclosure forms.
The forms, which must be filed on a regular basis, detail contributions from individuals or groups, and the amounts.
Campaign expenses, whether for ads, flyers, signs, or the wood stakes that hold them, must also be recorded.
These reporting requirements became an issue early in the campaign when mayoral candidate Anthony Zanowic and supporters of Mayor Mark Smith questioned whether Police Capt. James Davis was complying. Zanowic went so far as to contact the state to assure that Davis was, or would be, meeting his responsibilities.
The most recent filing for Smith and Davis was April 14; for Zanowic, Feb. 14.
Candidates with the most contributions have to do more reporting. Smith’s report was 66 pages. Davis’s was 29 pages, and Zanowic, who pledged not to take contributions from big corporations, was seven pages.
Zanowic for Mayor
Zanowic for Mayor 2014’s contribution page listed one, Triangle TV & Appliances, with a $1,000 contribution.
Expenses included website ads, campaign materials, event supplies, and meetings held at Enrico’s Pizzeria, Broadway Diner, and Chris’ Corner Restaurant.
His report listed deposits of $4,018.74, but disbursements of $3,015.89, with a closing balance of $1,002.85.
Committee to Elect James Davis
Contributions to the Committee to Elect James Davis included donations of $1,500 by campaign manager Joseph DeMarco and $1,250 from campaign aide Robert Wondolowski, and a $1,400 contribution from the Bayonne Teachers Association.
The Davis campaign’s disbursement pages included expenses for robocalls, campaign “walkers,” a survey, commercial, postage, insurance, and gas.
Deposits totaled $88,848.14 and disbursements $72,960.34 for a closing balance of $15,887.80.
Mark Smith for mayor
The Mark Smith for mayor filing featured educators, doctors, chief financial officers, accountants, lawyers, municipal directors, police officers, firefighters, plumbers, businesses, unions, and councils.
Disbursements included food for staff during a snowstorm, the painting of campaign headquarters, and research and polling.
Deposits came to $74,985.07 and disbursements $153,393.18, for a closing balance of $242.781.19, because the campaign’s opening balance was $321,189.30.
Joseph Passantino may be reached at JoePass@hudsonreporter.com