Today marks just over 4-months since the November 2018 election. We reported on November 2, 2018 that failed Camden County Freeholder candidate Vincent 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. We reported again on January 2, 2019 that Squire had not filed his 20-day post election disclosure that was due by November 26, 2018. Today is March 8, 2019 and it’s been confirmed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission that Squire has still not filed his disclosures. Given Squire is a multiple convicted Felon it surprises me that Squire does not comply with the law.
The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (or ELEC) has deadlines for filing financial disclosures. Any expense over $300 must be reported.
Anyone who has driven down Route 130 in Pennsauken has seen Squire’s multiple billboards (including a digital billboard). 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”.
Should Squire decide to run for office again I cannot suggest that residents support or endorse a candidate who does not demonstrate knowledge of or compliance with the law or financial responsibility. Having been disavowed by the Camden County GOP is not an excuse for Squire not filing the required disclosures with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
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