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2 N.J.A.R. 108

Election Law Enforcement Commission, New Jersey v. Democratic State Committee, New Jersey & Curtin, Peter P. Jr., Committee Treasurer
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Citation: 2 N.J.A.R. 108
Decision Date: 1980
Synopsis: The Election Law Enforcement Commission charged the Democratic State Committee with filing an untimely annual financial report for 1978 in violation of N.J.S.A. 19:44A-8. The State Committee claimed that as a result of a conversation with an Election Commission staff member, it had been granted an informal extension of the filing deadline for an indefinite period of time and thus the Commission was estopped from bringing charges of an untimely filing. The administrative law judge found that any reliance on such representations was not justifiable since it was grounded in the perceptions of the State Committee's representative alone and since the evidence showed that the Committee was told to file the report as soon as possible and had not been granted an extension. As a result of the State Committee's failure to attend to its filing responsibilities with reasonable diligence, the public was prevented from access to information on important political financing for a 53-day period. Accordingly, a reprimand and $500 fine was imposed. Gregory E. Nagy, Staff Counsel, for Petitioner Frederick J. Dennehy, Esq., for Respondents