Fitzgibbons fined for ELEC violations

8/13/2009:

Hoboken411 reader Phil Cohen wanted you all to know about a decision that was reached last week in an ELEC Law violation case against Hudson County Freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons:

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Ordered to pay a $2100 fine

“Attached is the recent Final Decision of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (“ELEC”) which imposes one of the largest penalties I have seen coming from ELEC in recent memory. ELEC found long-time Freeholder and former Chair of the Hoboken Democratic Party, Maurice Fitzgibbons, had violated major requirements of New Jersey election law.

Amazingly, Mr. Fitzgibbons repeatedly failed to file timely campaign reports in the 2005 general election when he was running for Freeholder, as required by the New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act, N.J.S.A. 19:44A-1, et seq. (the “Campaign Reporting Act”). Mr. Fitzgibbons filed his three required R-1 forms (reflecting Reports of Contributions and Expenditures) 429, 412 and 381 days late!

Considering all the factors in Mr. Fitzgibbons case, an ELEC commission unanimously voted (4-0) to reprimand Mr. Fitzgibbons, and order a penalty of $2,625.00, which it agreed to reduce to $2,100, if Mr. Fitzgibbons timely made all of his required penalty payments, psuant to N.J.A.C. 19:25-17.3C(e).”

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12 Comments on "Fitzgibbons fined for ELEC violations"

RYBice
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RYBice

My comment #11 in response to jman01 #9.

RYBice
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RYBice

Yes. Why should they be able to hide where their contributions come from until after the election? Fat lot of good it does then to know who who bought influence. And yes, the influence can be good, such as individual small contributions from citizens interested in good government, or it can be developers or unions relying on a sympathetic elected official. But we need to know before the election.

john14
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john14

Who cares?

Not the supporters whose candidate or officer is in violation of such a statment.

Hypocrisy meet Hoboken, Hoboken meet Hypocrisy.

john14
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john14

Hey Rice Cake: You know that your own candidate Zimmer had also been late with her ELEC reports in the past? Are you going to make your supergenius law retro-active?

Such a douchebag.

RYBice
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RYBice

Any candidates who do not file ELEC reports on time ought to be declared ineligible for the offices they are seeking. Fat chance. Politicians, like other groups(police, fire, teachers, doctors, lawyers,etc.) all look out for their own. But the public should demand tougher standards for pols. The time is ripe.

jman01
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jman01

RYBice,

According to esteven’s post on 7/21/2009, both Zimmer and Cammarano were 3 weeks overdue with elec reports. Guess Zimmer should be fined and declared ineligible to run for Mayor.

estevens:
“Update: Neither Zimmer nor Cammarano‚Äôs post-election filings are available on ELEC as of this morning. Filings were due three weeks ago. Who cares?”

http://hoboken411.com/archives/18031/comment-page-5

In response to RYBice who said:
Any candidates who do not file ELEC reports on time ought to be declared ineligible for the offices they are seeking. Fat chance. Politicians, like other groups(police, fire, teachers, doctors, lawyers,etc.) all look out for their own. But the public should demand tougher standards for pols. The time is ripe.

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