Christie Calls for All Campaign Donors to Be Named

Image: Christie Calls for All Campaign Donors to Be Named

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 10:23 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has backed the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow people to give an unlimited amount of money to political campaigns.

But the governor said that donors must reveal their contributions within a 48-hour time period by an Internet posting to ensure transparency, according to the state’s largest newspaper, The Star-Ledger.

Christie noted that the problem with campaign contributions is that donors circumvent the laws by making anonymous donations to independent groups that don’t have to reveal the names of the benefactors.

"Let’s stop playing games with each other," Christie said during a town hall meeting in Franklin Township, N.J. "Campaigns cost money. Let’s let everybody know where you got the money from.

"You are never going to keep money out of politics. None of these laws change that. So let’s add transparency to it."

The Republican governor was responding to a question about his position on the Supreme Court ruling that struck down the aggregate limits on how much individuals can give to candidates, parties, and political action committees during the two-year election cycle.

The decision leaves in place the limits on how much a donor can give individual candidates and the laws that require candidates, parties, and political action committees to disclose information about donors.

The decision has been attacked for allowing wealthy donors like billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch to donate a fortune to candidates and campaigns.

But Christie said that the ruling was "just peeling back another layer of the onion that didn’t stop money from getting into politics anyway."

The report pointed out that Christie has been the beneficiary of donations from anonymous contributors, citing the Committee for Our Children’s Future, which has spent $7 million on TV ads to tout Christie’s achievements.

The group, which is not required to name its donors, was founded in 2011 by Christie’s college friends to counter the unions that spent millions opposing the governor’s proposals.

Christie also told the town hall meeting that he would get rid of realty transfer fees, paid when people sell their homes, if such legislation was passed.

"From my perspective, it makes no sense," he said. "It’s awful. It should be done away with."

The embattled governor is still facing inquiries into the scandal surrounding the closure of Fort Lee, N.J., access lanes onto the George Washington Bridge last September that caused four days of traffic nightmares.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Newsmax TV Midterm Preview: US Senate, Alaska

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 11:49 AM

In the GOP's quest to regain control of the U.S. Senate, Republicans are hoping to take back Alaska, after Democrat Mark . . .

WSJ: Democrats' Chances in Midterms Hinge on Turnout

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 12:21 PM

Could a Democrat midterm surprise be in the works? With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, some are pondering . . .

Christie Tweets Subtle Push-Back on Rand Paul's Ebola Messaging

Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 11:31 AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is again making a contrast between himself and another possible 2016 White House opponent . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved