May 7, 2019 •
The New York City Campaign Finance Board will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Campaign Finance Program. Amendments address disclosure, contributions, expenditures, public fund payments, and disclosure of independent expenditures. Proposed rules amend and clarify the following […]
The New York City Campaign Finance Board will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Campaign Finance Program.
Amendments address disclosure, contributions, expenditures, public fund payments, and disclosure of independent expenditures.
Proposed rules amend and clarify the following sections:
- The reporting requirement of an in-kind contribution’s fair market value
- The next contribution limit adjustment to occur in 2022
- Enumerate the categories of prohibited contributions
- Cash contributions from a single source
- Attribution of expenditures after the date of a contested primary
- Update other provisions of the Campaign Finance Program
The public hearing on the proposed rules will take place on June 13.
June 16, 2017 •
On June 15, 2017, the New York City Campaign Finance Board approved rules to be effective on July 23, 2017. Under the new rules, a candidate does not have to inquire whether a contributor is doing business with the city […]
On June 15, 2017, the New York City Campaign Finance Board approved rules to be effective on July 23, 2017.
Under the new rules, a candidate does not have to inquire whether a contributor is doing business with the city and prohibits matching public funds for contributions intermediated by individuals doing business with the city.
The final rules are available at http://www.nyccfb.info/pdf/CFB_Notice_of_Final_Rulemaking_6-15-17.pdf.
May 6, 2013 •
City allowed to keep its contribution limits below the state’s limits
The New York City Campaign Finance Board scored a huge win in the courts Friday. Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald had sued the city in hopes of eliminating the city’s strict contribution limits and attempt to bring them in line with the state’s limits. However, the Manhattan court said the city’s contribution limits are legal and reasonable to keep money from influencing elections.
Judge Kathryn Freed, who gave the decision for the court, held, “The court finds that the establishment of uniform limitations on both participating and non-participating candidates is reasonably related and calculated to achieve the goals of reducing the influence of ‘wealthy special interests’ over local elections, and increasing public participation and public confidence in those elections, is well within the powers granted to the City to protect the welfare and well being of its citizens.”
McDonald recently announced that he would join the voluntary public financing system and would conform to the current contribution limits, but promised to keep his fight up in court. McDonald still has the option of appealing this decision, but declined to say whether he would. He was disheartened in the entries process, saying “It’s disappointing that it took 147 days to ‘just say no’ in long form.”
McDonald is the underdog in a three-way battle for the Republican nomination with Joe Lhota and John Catsimatidis. The primary election for the mayor’s office, and all other city offices, is September 10.
June 14, 2012 •
Offers insight to the Maryland Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law
Amy Loprest, Executive Director of the New York City Campaign Finance Board, testified before the Maryland Commission to Study Campaign Finance Law about the campaign finance program in New York City and its progression.
According to the Campaign Finance Board’s press release, here is Loprest’s concluding statement:
“The New York City Campaign Finance Program amplifies the voice of the average, low-dollar contributor and reduces the influence of big-dollar contributors. The result has been less potential for corruption and a remarkable broadening of participation in the electoral process. At a time when voter turnout is low and voters everywhere are increasingly cynical about government, we’re very proud that people from around the country are looking at our Program as a model for reform.”
Here is the full text of her statement.
Be sure to read: “Md. state commission targets campaign-finance loophole” in the Baltimore Business Journal.
April 27, 2012 •
Independent expenditure rules have been published by the CFB
The independent expenditure rules that were previously adopted by the New York City Campaign Finance Board were published in the City Record and have an effective date of May 16, 2012. The new rules will not be enforced for any election occurring prior to August 13, 2012.
The rules cover what type of expenditures and communications must be reported to the Board, which contributions supporting those expenditures must be reported to the Board, who must file with the Board, and when those reports have to be filed with the Board.
March 16, 2012 •
The final rules can be found online.
The New York City Campaign Finance Board has voted to adopt its final rules for the disclosure of independent expenditures.
The rules require the reporting of independent expenditures by individuals, organizations, corporations, and other entities in New York City elections.
The adopted rules are available here.
February 16, 2012 •
Their website says the board voted on penalties, repayment obligations, and payments:
According to a press release, “During a regularly scheduled meeting today, the Campaign Finance Board determined that nine campaigns in the 2009 elections committed violations and one campaign in the February 2009 special election committed violations. ”
You can view a video archive of the meeting here:
February 16, 2012 •
Board Accepting Comments Until March 2nd
The New York City Campaign Finance Board has released revised proposed rules regarding the disclosure of independent expenditures in city elections.
The revised proposed rules are available here.
The revisions include a new definition of electioneering communication, different reporting requirements, and changes to covered expenditures.
The board will accept public written comment on the rules until March 2, 2012. The final rules will be adopted at a subsequent meeting of the board.
December 19, 2011 •
Council Considers Resolution to Reverse Citizens United with Constitutional Amendment
Amy Loprest, Executive Director of the New York City Campaign Finance Board, testified last Friday before the City Council about the effects of the Citizens United decision on New York City’s campaign finance regulation.
According to their press release:
“Campaign Finance Board Executive Director Amy Loprest testified before the City Council Committee on Governmental Operations regarding the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision earlier today. The Council is considering a resolution that calls for a Constitutional amendment to reverse the decision and establish that corporations are not entitled to the same rights as natural persons.”
“Recognizing a First Amendment right where none had previously been found, Citizens United opened the floodgates to allow massive amounts of unlimited—and too often, undisclosed—independent spending by corporations, unions, and other groups,” Loprest said.
Here is a link to a pdf file of the entire testimony.
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