The Star-Ledger

Libertarian Is First Independent To Qualify For "Clean Elections" Funding

The Star-Ledger — Friday, September 28, 2007

BY ROBERT SCHWANEBERG

Libertarian Assembly candidate Jason Scheurer has become the first independent to qualify for public campaign funding under an experimental "clean elections" program, his campaign manager said today.

"We're elated," said Lou Jasikoff, the Libertarian state chairman and manager of Scheurer's campaign.

Nine Democrats and six Republicans have already qualified for funding through the clean elections program, which is intended to rid legislative races of special interest money.

Jasikoff estimated that he and Scheurer knocked on 8,000 doors in the 14th Legislative District, covering parts of Middlesex and Mercer counties, to raise the 400 contributions of $10 each needed to qualify for the program.

Jasikoff said the state Election Law Enforcement Commission "called and let us know we officially went over 400." The agency, which has a policy of announcing who has qualified for clean elections funding every Wednesday, would not immediately confirm that.

Jasikoff said Scheurer's campaign will get a check for $21,893 for the 417 contributions raised so far and plans to continue soliciting donations until the end of the day Sunday, when fundraising by "clean elections" candidates must end.

"We're going to build off the momentum that we have right now," Jasikoff said.

Candidates who receive clear election funding cannot accept any contributions from the political action committees, unions, corporations or political parties that bankroll most campaigns.

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