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Fulop's proposed ban on outside campaign cash raises eyebrows ???
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on July 13, 2016 at 3:43 PM, updated July 14, 2016 at 7:18 AM

JERSEY CITY Since last July, Mayor Steve Fulop has reported receiving $343,120 in donations to his 2017 reelection campaign fund from donors across New Jersey and beyond.

A Paramus makeup artist donated $350 in February. An Annandale man gave $500 in November. The political action committee for the Seafarers International Union based in Suitland, Maryland, about eight miles east of the nation's capital contributed $1,000 in September.

One locale Fulop doesn't report collecting donations from often is the city he governs and calls home. Of the 314 donations listed in his last three quarterly campaign reports, 242, or 77 percent, were from people who live outside of Jersey City. Eight of those were from donors who reported working in Jersey City.

Fulop's reliance on out-of-town donations is not unprecedented, but it is raising eyebrows among his critics now that he has proposed banning outside donors entirely. Last week Fulop emailed Ward D Councilman Michael Yun and said he wants to add the ban to a package of bills Yun has proposed to close loopholes in the city's pay-to-play restrictions.

"It was mentioned that several people have made a priority of fundraising from people that don't live, or work, or have any ties to Jersey City," Fulop said in his email. "So that was an additional layer of protection as it begged the question why would someone with no interest in (Jersey City would) be donating huge money."

Allies of Yun, a frequent Fulop critic, believe Fulop's comment was a barb masquerading as a helpful suggestion. The councilman, first elected in 2013, also collects heavily from outside donors: his most recent campaign finance report shows 70 donations, 16 of which are from people who live or work in Jersey City. Last month he held a fundraiser in Fort Lee to raise money for a possible mayoral bid in 2017.

Yun said today he will not back Fulop's plan.

"It's unconstitutional so I cannot support it," Yun said. Read more

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