A majority of the four candidates running in the 1st Ward special election have yet to file their 29-day pre-election campaign finance report, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).
Candidates Veronica Ovalles, Michael Jackson, Bernard Jones have yet to file their 29-day pre-election campaign finance report. Manny Martinez said he submitted his report on October 5th, 2015.
Both Jackson and Jones said they intend to file in the coming days. Ovalles submitted an A-1 report indicating she does not plan on spending more than $4,500 in the election.
Joe Donohue, deputy director of ELEC, said candidates who file A-1 reports do not have to submit further reports unless they spend more than $4,500, receive $300 or more in contribution from one source, or receive $1,500 or more in contribution from one source 13 days running up to election day.
In the latter two cases, the candidate must submit paperwork to ELEC, according to the candidate’s compliance manual.
Martinez’ report which was received by the commission on Tuesday shows he raised $7,800. Of that amount he has spent $6,638, according to the report. Martinez’s largest expenditures were on logo design, mailing, and food for campaign event, according to the report.
Martinez did not list any contributions that were over $300 indicating he collected much of his campaign money from small donors.
Jones said he has not been collecting funds from voters. He said he has been using his own money to fund his campaign. Roughly $6,000 has been spent so far on lawn signs, commercials, campaign literatures, and events, he said.
“We’re going to definitely do the filings,” said Jackson. Timely filing of campaign finance reports allow the public to see where funds are coming from to fund a particular candidate’s run for office.
Jackson said his campaign raised less than $10,000. He indicated his campaign spent about $6,000 so far.
Ovalles on Tuesday evening said she will file the necessary campaign finance reports. She said she received a $2,500 check from a donor. So far, she said she spent about $1,100 on her campaign for the November 3rd, 2015 election.
The four candidates are running to fill disgraced councilman Anthony Davis’ unexpired term. The field initially had five candidate; however, Alveria Spencer withdrew her candidacy after she was condemned by the city’s African-American community leaders for her use of the n-word at a community forum in late September.