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Local Government:
City of Orange Township
1998

In an investigation triggered by allegations of bidding and purchasing irregularities, the Commission found that from 1988-95, the city's operations were burdened by runaway expenses, unnecessary positions for political cronies, payment of unreasonably high salaries, lax financial procedures, the absence of purchasing controls, and violations of public bidding laws.  The Commission also found evidence of widespread, high-pressure tactics to extract political campaign contributions from public employees and private businesses.  The investigation also revealed the use of campaign funds for personal expenses and the misreporting of contributions and expenses to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.  The investigation produced a wide range of recommendations for systemic reforms.

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