NJ Assembly panel to consider transparency bill

(AP) - New Jersey may soon require specialinterest groups to publicly disclose information about theircontributors and expenditures.

An Assembly panel is set to consider a measure Monday thatproponents say would create more transparency surrounding"secretive groups" that involve themselves in state campaigns andpolicy discussions while refusing to detail their funding sources.

The bill would apply to groups - organized under certainsections of the Internal Revenue Service code - that engage ininfluencing elections or providing political information and alsoraise or spend at least $2,100.

These groups would have to report their contributor andexpenditure information to the state's Election Law EnforcementCommission if the bill becomes law.

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