NJ Sues Ex-Newark Mayor Over Use Of Campaign Funds

Law360, New York (May 27, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission sued Sharpe James on Thursday alleging the former Newark mayor used $94,000 in campaign funds to pay for his legal defense costs during a 2006 criminal investigation.

The suit, filed in New Jersey state court, claims the ex-mayor and his campaign treasurer Cheryl Johnson violated the New Jersey Campaign Contributions and Expenditures Act, which prohibits using campaign contributions to pay for legal fees and expenses for the candidate's personal or business affairs.

ELEC is requesting that James repay the...
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