Pay-To-Account

Are there any prohibitions against (or guidelines for) municipal accountants donating to political campaigns in the municipalities they audit? Question posted to RMAA website 7/26/21 – 8:17 a.m.

I do not expect an answer. The question arose from a situation we have in Kenilworth. Though New Jersey has a Local Government Ethics Law it contains a loophole in the case of complete idiots:

40A:9-22.5 Code of ethics for local government officers or employees under jurisdiction of Local Finance Board

f. No local government officer or employee, member of his immediate family, or
business organization in which he has an interest, shall solicit or accept any gift, favor,
loan, political contribution, service, promise of future employment, or other thing of
value based upon an understanding that the gift, favor, loan, contribution, service,
promise, or other thing of value was given or offered for the purpose of influencing
him, directly or indirectly, in the discharge of his official duties. This provision shall
not apply to the solicitation or acceptance of contributions to the campaign of an
announced candidate for elective public office, if the local government officer has no
knowledge or reason to believe that the campaign contribution, if accepted, was given
with the intent to influence the local government officer in the discharge of his official
duties;

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by geo8rge on July 28, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Of NJ interest:

    NJEA Backs Murphy, Sweeney For Re-Election
    https://newjerseyglobe.com/fr/njea-backs-murphy-sweeney-for-re-election/

    Reply

    • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on July 30, 2021 at 2:02 pm


      NJEA Backs Murphy, Sweeney For Re-Election

      Of course they do, the Public Employees don’t want the Gravy Train to veer off course, even as it is heading straight over the financial cliff.

      Reply

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