Disgraced 2018 Camden County Freeholder Candidate Vincent Squire continues to ignore the law. It appears Squire has failed to file required financial disclosures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This blog reported on November 2, 2018 that Squire had not filed his 29-day pre-election (due October 9, 2018) or his 11-day pre-election (due October 26, 2018) financial disclosures. Today it was confirmed with ELEC that Squire has not filed his 20-day post election disclosure that was due by November 26, 2018. Squire being disavowed by the Camden County GOP in August thereby losing their experience and support does not give him an excuse to ignore New Jersey election law.
Squire filed a D1 form with ElEC on October 3, 2018 disclosing his banking information and his campaign Treasurer (his wife) and a revised D1 form on October 15, 2018 but none of the required financial disclosures for his campaign.
Squire as we know had multiple billboards on Route 130 in Pennsauken (including a digital billboard) and I’ve been told he had billboards in Gloucester Township and on the Atlantic City Expressway.
Squire’s billboards read “Paid for by Squire for Camden County Freeholder”.
I’ve also heard that Squire bragged about television commercials (I did not see them). Even if the billboards and commercials were donated to Squire’s campaign he was still required to complete financial disclosures. Also ELEC confirmed to me in November that reporting is based on when services are received not when payment is made so despite if the bills have been paid or not he was still required to report.
ELEC’s web site states that The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission is dedicated to administering “The New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting Act” in addition to other campaign laws.
It is critical that candidates running for office in New Jersey complete the legally required disclosures and that integrity in our election system is ensured. According to NJ Administrative Code each transaction that is not reported or not filed on the date established for reporting shall constitute an offense subject to the penalties provided in N.J.S.A. 19:44A-22.
As residents we have a right and obligation ensure that candidates running for political office in New Jersey are held to high standards and follow the rules. The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission web site provides instructions for residents with concerns to request an investigation.
“Any person may request that the Commission undertake an investigation by submitting an Investigation Request Form or a signed written statement setting forth an allegation that constitutes a potential violation of the Campaign Reporting Act, the Lobbying Act, the Personal Financial Disclosure Act, or the Uniform Recall Election Law. The written statement should be as specific as possible, identifying the name of the subject candidate and/or entity, the election and/or calendar year, and as much detail and support for the allegation as is known. A request for investigation should be forwarded to the Commission to the attention of the Review and Investigation Section at P.O. Box 185, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0185. The submitted request must provide the name and mailing address of the person submitting it, as well as a day and evening phone number”.
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