January 21, 1988 |
In an attempt to give New Jersey Democrats more clout in the presidential selection process, state Democratic Chairman Raymond Durkin of Essex County has formed an exploratory committee to save the state party from becoming too unruly before the state primary on June 7. However, though New Jersey's primary is the last on the presidential calendar, some Democrats say that efforts to unify the party may already be too late. Only one scenario in presidential politics, Democrats said yesterday, could inspire solidarity among state New Jersey Democrats: U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley's becoming a candidate for the White House.
March 4, 1987 |
Senate Minority Leader Robert Dole, now challenging Vice President Bush for the position of front-runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, yesterday took a major step toward becoming a formal candidate. Dole, 63, authorized his political allies to form a presidential exploratory committee. Even as he did, though, questions were being raised both about infighting within his fledgling campaign and his ability to convey a vision of where he would try to take the country.
November 11, 1988 |
A group of prominent Bergen County Republicans, including county GOP chairman John Inganamort, formed a committee yesterday to encourage Attorney General Cary Edwards to run for governor next year. This is the second exploratory committee to be formed for a prospective candidate for the 1989 gubernatorial race. Last month, state Sen. Richard D. Codey (D., Essex) assembled top North Jersey Democrats to determine whether he should enter the Democratic primary in June. It is expected that at least a dozen prospective gubernatorial candidates will form exploratory committees in the coming weeks.
April 18, 2007 |
As U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah scrambles to raise money for his mayoral bid, he is also in the unusual position of having to give some back. In a first-of-its-kind settlement approved yesterday by the Philadelphia Board of Ethics, Fattah agreed to transfer $36,766 from his mayoral committee to his exploratory committee - and then refund that money to donors. The agreement also requires the exploratory committee to repay $20,000 to a contributor whose money should not have been accepted.
September 21, 1988 |
The Camden County Board of Freeholders yesterday resurrected a plan to build a 500-unit senior citizens development on the county's Lakeland hospital complex. The freeholders agreed to appoint an "exploratory committee" of church and social leaders to study whether the county, or a private agency, should build housing for senior citizens on a 100-acre tract at the corner of Mount Pleasant Road and Barnsboro-Salima Road. Freeholder Michael J. DiPiero initiated the proposal two years ago, but it was shelved while the county pursued plans to build a food distribution center on the Lakeland property.
November 20, 2014 |
DOUG OLIVER, former press secretary for Mayor Nutter and currently an executive at Philadelphia Gas Works, is considering a run for mayor. From a fourth-floor office at the Bellevue yesterday, he announced the launch of an exploratory committee that will work to gauge his chances of succeeding Nutter in 2015. The "DO2015" exploratory committee is what Oliver describes as a "grass-roots, crowd-initiated and crowd-funded effort to re-engage the Philadelphia voter. " Oliver took some heat when, in 2012, he changed his voter registration to Republican.
April 14, 1999 |
From now on, politicians contemplating a run for public office in New Jersey must disclose their contributions from the time they start raising money and cannot keep it private until they become declared candidates. The loophole was closed yesterday when Gov. Whitman signed into law legislation prompted by criticism of Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Bass Levin's fund-raising for a possible gubernatorial campaign in 2001. The law was aimed at "exploratory" or "testing-the-waters" committees, which some would-be candidates establish to examine their prospects.
February 18, 2010
THE RECENT LETTER from Larry Owens criticizing Rush Limbaugh's comments on Haiti were off the mark - Rush wanted his listeners to donate via entities that would ensure most of the money really gets there. Regarding Sarah Palin, she still has more CEO experience, and in my view significantly more backbone, than our criticism-adverse president, who formed an exploratory committee for the presidency after a mere 143 days in the Senate. At the National Prayer Breakfast, he pronounced "corpsman" as "corpseman" twice - the commander in chief!
December 16, 2005 |
It's official: In exploring a run for mayor, U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Phila.) said yesterday that he intends to raise unlimited campaign cash, sidestepping federal and city laws that limit campaign contributions. In doing so, the congressman is following the opinion of the Federal Election Commission that his potential bid would make him a mayoral candidate under Pennsylvania state law, under which there are no contribution caps. That opinion was shared by veteran election lawyer Gregory Harvey, who is acting as counsel to Fattah and the mayoral exploratory committee that Fattah expects to officially unveil today or Monday.
March 22, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican who developed a reputation for trimming the growth of spending in his home state, announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Monday. Pawlenty made the announcement by way of Facebook, in an online video with the production values of a feel-good campaign ad. The nearly two-minute video touches on his biography, recalling the economic downturn that occurred in Minnesota's Twin Cities during his youth and tying it to the current distress.