Stop ‘Wheeling’ or Disclose It!

by Michael M. Shapiro

New Jersey has a vast array of campaign finance laws. The compliance book provided to candidates for public office and others is complicated and filled with nomenclature that few outside the Legislature, the Republican and Democratic Parties, and some election lawyers understand. Despite all the laws on the books including “Pay to Play” reform on the State level and in many municipalities, influence peddling achieved through campaign contributions continues largely unabated. Why? Because of the skirting of campaign finance laws through a process known as “wheeling.”

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