NJ man's lobbying ties raise funding questions

February 12, 2009 1:04:30 PM PST
A New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate's ties to an anti-tax lobbying group have sparked questions about whether he should have received nearly $500,000 in taxpayer-financed matching funds. Candidate Steve Lonegan was director of Americans For Prosperity New Jersey before he applied for 2-to-1 matching campaign funds.

New Jersey law requires candidates to disclose prior management of issue-advocacy groups before receiving matching funds. Those groups must disclose their donor lists and expenditures if founders or managers want matching funds.

Lonegan says he is not subject to the reporting requirements because he was paid by the organization's educational foundation.

Fred Herrmann, the state's top election-law enforcement official, says the state election commission would investigate if a citizen complained or if the commissioners discovered violations, but neither has happened.

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