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Cuomo's fund-raising limits

I'm going through Andrew Cuomo's latest policy book - this one titled "Clean Up Albany" - and came across this line on page 19:

"New York must limit the amount that candidates can raise in primary and general elections."

That reads like it's a cap not just on campaign contributions (which Cuomo is proposing), but is a ceiling on the overall amount the campaign can haul in (something that is already in place in New York City).

Being able to financially overwhelm an opponent is, arguably, one of the great advantages of incumbency and a key factor in helping whittle down a field of candidates.