campaign finance

Legislation floated in New Jersey would allow political candidates and elected officials to use campaign money to pay for child care.

Supporters say too many political hopefuls — most often women — have to decide between hitting the campaign trail or staying at home to look after young kids.

“One of the hurdles to women running for office is having young children at home and being confronted with the multiple demands of caregiving and trying to run for office,” said Kelly Dittmar, a scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

A bill that would require more nonprofit groups in New Jersey to publicize their donors is on its way to becoming law, after Gov. Phil Murphy avoided what would have been an embarrassing veto override.

Murphy at first conditionally vetoed the so-called dark money bill, saying he believed it had legal issues. But after top Democrats in the state Legislature threatened to override his veto, Murphy agreed to sign the original bill.

Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey are pushing a bill that would require “dark money” groups that support political candidates or causes to disclose their donors, an idea backed by election transparency advocates.

But smaller nonprofits that support controversial issues and promise confidentiality to their donors — and claim that politics is not their main focus — would also be required to publicize the sources of their contributions, which they say could dissuade financial supporters who prefer not to be identified.