ELEC: $2.1 Million Largest County Party Committee COH Since 2010

County Party committees raised 25 percent more during the first three months of 2017 than they did at the same point 2013, the last year when gubernatorial and legislative candidates shared the ballot, according to the reports filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
The $2.1 million cash-on-hand total reported by 36 of the 42 county parties also is the largest than since the 2010 total, which is higher ($2.3 million) when adjusted for inflation.
County party committees on average are raising less than 50 percent than they did before 2005. Since that time, tighter restrictions on public contractor contributions, more independent spending by special interest groups
and other factors have dampened party fundraising.
“Between 2000 and 2004, county parties during the first quarter raised an average of $2.6 million. Since 2005, the average is $1.3 million,” ELEC Director Jeff Brindle said. “This year’s total ($1.2 million), while an improvement over 2013, still is less than that average.”
SUMMARY OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE ACTIVITY BY COUNTY COMMITTEES JANUARY 1 THROUGH MARCH 31
2017 VERSUS 2013 RAISED-2017 SPENT-2017 CASH-ON-HAND-2017 NET WORTH-2017*
Democratic County Party Committees
$ 677,650
$ 796,293
$1,465,078
$1,186,948
Republican County Party Committees
$ 517,598
$ 454,241
$ 621,855
$1,460,648
Total-Both Parties
$1,195,248 $1,250,534
$2,086,933
$2,647,595
RAISED-2013 SPENT-2013 CASH-ON-HAND-2013 NET WORTH-2013*
Democratic County Party Committees
$ 553,744
$ 573,608
$1,194,185
$ 875,564
Republican County Party Committees
$ 403,354
$ 407,020
$ 263,068
$ 842,521
Total-Both Parties
$ 957,098
$ 980,628
$1,457,253
$1,718,085
Difference 2017 versus 2013
Democratic County Party Committees
22%
39%
23%
36%
Republican County Party Committees
28%
12%
136%
73%
Total-Both Parties
25%
28%
43%
54%
*Net worth is cash-on-hand adjusted for debts owed to or by the committee.
Among Democratic county committees that have filed their reports, Bergen, Camden, Essex, Gloucester, Passaic, and Union Counties reported cash-on-hand above $100,000. Burlington and Hudson County reported a negative net worth, meaning they owe more than their total cash reserves.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE ACTIVITY OF
DEMOCRATIC COUNTY PARTY COMMITTEES
JANUARY 1 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2017
COUNTY RAISED SPENT CASH-ON-HAND NET WORTH*
Atlantic
NA NA
NA
NA
Bergen
$159,224
$152,042
$ 137,223
$ 76,592
Burlington
$ 5,150
$ 5,708
$ 1,690
$ (84,277)
Camden
$ 59,829
$ 96,057
$ 101,355
$ 101,355
Cape May
$ 3,588
$ 3,007
$ 1,776
$ 1,776
Cumberland
$ 15,000
$ 25,888
$ 2,724
$ 2,724
Essex
$115,375
$ 85,985
$ 148,065
$ 148,065
Gloucester
$ (26,696) $ 40,712
$ 260,459
$ 260,459
Hudson
$ 20,000
$ 20,650
$ 82,594
$ (56,550)
Hunterdon
$ 5,815
$ 6,678
$ 7,252
$ 7,252
Mercer
$ 2,600
$ 12,948
$ 61,860
$ 61,860
Middlesex
$ 56,755
$148,707
$ 9,879
$ 9,879
Monmouth
$ 53,536
$ 52,450
$ 6,859
$ 6,859
Morris
$ 20,731
$ 22,692
$ 10,176
$ 10,176
Ocean
$ 17,585
$ 15,650
$ 15,975
$ 32,142
Passaic
$ 82,563
$ 55,448
$ 462,328
$ 462,328
Salem
NA NA
NA
NA
Somerset
$ 30,243
$ 20,559
$ 12,047
$ 12,047
Sussex
$ 535
$ 3,080
$ 7,192
$ 7,192
Union
$ 55,815
$ 28,033
$ 135,624
$ 127,070
Warren NA NA
NA NA
Democrats-Total
$677,650 $796,293
$1,465,078
$1,186,948
*Net worth is cash-on-hand adjusted for debts owed to or by the committee.
NA= Not Available
NJ ELEC
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COUNTY PARTIES 1ST Q
UARTER 2017
May 9, 2017
Among Republican county committees that have filed their reports, Somerset County reported a cash
reserve larger than $100,000. Bur
lington and Somerset Counties repor
ted net worth totals above $100,000.
TABLE 4
CAMPAIGN FINANCE ACTIVITY OF
REPUBLICAN COUNTY PARTY COMMITTEES
JANUARY 1 THROUGH MARCH 31, 2017
COUNTY RAISED SPENT CASH-ON-HAND NET WORTH*
Atlantic
$ 8,750
$ 10,756
$ 513
$ 513
Bergen
$ 23,410
$ 42,777
$ 31,727
$ 21,727
Burlington
$202,507
$162,852
$ 43,270
$ 892,858
Camden
$ 8,512
$ 4,698
$ 22,904
$ 22,904
Cape May
NA
NA
NA
NA
Cumberland
$ 40,166
$ 9,298
$ 66,789
$ 66,789
Essex
$ –
$ –
$ 8,357
$ 8,357
Gloucester
$ 8,510
$ 12,837
$ 3,446
$ 3,446
Hudson NA NA NA NA
Hunterdon
$ 36,920
$ 36,300
$ 10,323
$ 10,323
Mercer
$ 11,715
$ 2,111
$ 14,194
$ 14,194
Middlesex
$ 11,728
$ 1,233
$ 44,145
$ 44,145
Monmouth
$ 30,333
$ 35,198
$ 4,758
$ 4,758
Morris
$ 23,110
$ 19,443
$ 27,120
$ 26,771
Ocean
$ 10,926
$ 20,992
$ 4,380
$ 4,380
Passaic NA NA NA NA
Salem
$ 28,320
$ 28,565
$ 19,281
$ 19,281
Somerset
$ 41,605
$ 40,768
$233,559
$ 233,113
Sussex
$ 1,117
$ 3,909
$ 19,832
$ 19,832
Union
$ 21,620
$ 13,815
$ 60,789
$ 60,789
Warren
$ 8,350
$ 8,687
$ 6,467
$ 6,467
Republicans-Total $517,598 $454,241
$621,855
$1,460,648
*Net worth is cash-on-hand adjusted for debts owed to or by the committee.
The numbers in this analysis are based on reports filed by 9 A.M May 8, 2017. They have yet to be
verified by ELEC staff, and shoul
d be considered preliminary
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