New Jersey's Election Law Enforcement Commission cited a pair of local political candidates Wednesday for failing to file campaign finance reports in the 2011 general election.
ELEC said Ricky Cistrunk, a candidate in Pleasantville, and Brandi Endicott, a write-in candidate in Port Republic, both face thousands of dollars in fines for each transaction that they allegedly did not report, although ELEC has historically imposed much lower fines on individual candidates.
Cistrunk is a Pleasantville City Councilman who has served on that body since 2002. ELEC alleged he never filed several mandatory campaign finance reports that specify how much he received and spent in the November 2011 election. These reports were due 29 and 11 days before and 20 days after an election.
This is not the first time ELEC has cited Cistrunk, a Democrat.
The agency named him in December 2009 for not reporting expenses during the 2008 general election. He later filed documents saying he did not raise or spend more than state minimums, but on Wednesday, ELEC said he still had an unpaid $556 fine dating from then. Wednesday's filing indicated the agency's previous reprimand meant he now faces fines of as much as $13,600 per violation.
Cistrunk did not return a call seeking comment.
Endicott, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for a seat on Port Republic's City Council in 2011. ELEC alleged she also did not file any campaign reports in the 2011 general election. Consequently, she faces as much as $6,800 in fines for each reporting violation.
She is currently the Democrats' candidate for Atlantic County freeholder in the 4th District, running to represent Galloway Township, Brigantine, Absecon and Port Republic. Republican Richard Dase is the current 4th District freeholder.
Endicott said the ELEC citation was an "oversight" and she recently wrote to the agency to explain her circumstances.
"I was a write-in candidate and I didn't raise any funds whatsoever," Endicott said. "It was just a tiny little election. It just took three people to write me in, so it was just an oversight."
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