The items listed below provide information concerning the pay-to-play laws. The laws address political contributions made by business entities that are party to or are attempting to win contracts with New Jersey government entities. If you have any questions regarding pay-to-play contributions, please contact the Commission's Special Programs section at (609) 292-8700 or Toll Free within New Jersey at 1-888-313-ELEC (3532).
SummaryProhibition on Business Entity Contributions (N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.3 through 20.25):
Contributions by for-profit business entities that have or are seeking New Jersey government contracts, a practice known as pay-to-play, are subject to restrictions. A contribution made prior to the award of a contract may disqualify a business entity from receiving a contract, and the business entity is prohibited from making certain contributions during the term of a contract. These pay-to-play restrictions apply to contracts at the state, legislative, county, and municipal levels of government. In general, regulation of these contributions is a matter of government procurement law.
- Consult the Department of Community Affairs - County and Local Pay-to-Play , and
- the Department of the Treasury - State Pay-to-Play websites, or
- the legislative, county or municipal government entity for contract information.
- Find pay-to-play ordinances adopted for local agencies in each county and recorded with the Office of the Secretary of State .
Disclosure of Certain Contributions by Business Entities (N.J.S.A. 19:44A-20.26, 20.27):
The pay-to-play disclosure law requires that prior to entering a contract with a governmental entity of more than $17,500 that is not publicly advertised, a for-profit business entity must disclose to that governmental entity certain contributions made during the past year.
Further, a for-profit business entity that has received $50,000 or more through government contracts in a calendar year must file the Business Entity Annual Statement (Form BE) electronically with the Commission to report contract information and reportable contributions it has made. The due date for the first annual disclosure report for calendar year 2006 was September 28, 2007. For each subsequent calendar year the due date is March 30th. To access the Form BE, please go to the Form and Instructions page.