New Jersey gives legislator extra $100,000.00 in Taxpayer money for "rescue funds"

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State election regulators late yesterday awarded Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex) an extra $100,000 in campaign funds to help her combat attack ads from an independent group.

The additional funding is the maximum allowed in the state's new Clean Elections law, a trial program for providing state money to candidates designed to limit the role of special interests and fundraising in campaigns.

"I appreciate ELEC's expeditious and fair review of rescue funds request," Greenstein said in a news release.

Greenstein requested the so-called "rescue money" last Friday on top of her allotted $526,375 in response to recent advertising efforts by the newly formed Common Sense America. The outside organization has spent $100,000 for radio advertising on New Jersey 101.5 FM and about $40,000 for a telephone poll that, Greenstein charged, is aimed at giving local residents a negative view of her.
Common Sense America Chairman Brian Brown said the ads reflect the candidate's record.

"Linda Greenstein wants to hide her eight-year record of raising taxes," Brown said. "So now, instead of explaining her record, she does what she always does and what she always does is ask the taxpayer to foot the bill."

Greenstein's Republican opponents have denied any connection to Common Sense America. Federal law allows outside groups to run commercials attacking political candidates as long as the organizations behind the ads do not coordinate with campaigns or expressly advocate for anyone's election or loss.

In the new radio spot, Greenstein is criticized for raising taxes, approving of government borrowing and agreeing with Gov. Jon Corzine's plan to sell or lease state toll roads to raise money.