Campaign Finance Board
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
By Yasmeen Khan
Government watchdog groups are questioning why a political action committee run by the United Federation of Teachers gave money to a consulting firm that does not seem to exist, during a mayor's race in which the union aimed to play a kingmaker role.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
WNYC politics reporter Brigid Bergin talks about the Campaign Finance Board’s decision to prohibit mayoral candidate John Liu from receiving public matching funds, and what that means for his campaign. Plus: Kelly McEvers, NPR’s Beirut bureau chief, discusses her reporting in Syria; Tom Tarantino of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America talks about its 2013 veterans survey and the issues veterans face; Village Voice writer and author Graham Rayman on his new book The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-Ups, and Courage; and a story about super passionate fans of Jane Austen and what it says about fanatics in general.
Friday, March 15, 2013
By Anna Sale
Republican Joe Lhota raised more than $729,000 in his first two months in the race, the most of any Democrat or Republican in the field during this filing period. But fundraising totals are just one barometer of a candidate’s formidability, given the city’s complicated public campaign financing system.
Friday, March 15, 2013
By Anna Sale
In the first two months of his campaign for mayor, Republican Joe Lhota raised $729,987, according to records filed Friday with the city Campaign Fiance Board. Lhota, the former MTA Chairman, listed his occupation as “unemployed” on the filing, but his campaign got a boost from his former colleagues at Cablevision and in the Giuliani administration, as well as real estate interests.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
Seventy percent of donations were for $175 or less, according to CFB officials. In 2007, the law was changed, from giving campaigns $4 for every $1 privately raised, to giving them $6.
"There were many more candidates in this election and the elections were very much more competitive than in the past,” said CFB Executive Director Amy Loprest.
In 2009, at least four incumbents lost re-election to challengers who participated in the matching funds program (Helen Sears in Queens, Alan Gerson in Lower Manhattan, Kendall Stewart in Brooklyn, and Maria Baez of the Bronx. A fifth lawmaker who lost his bid for re-election, Ken Mitchell, had only won his seat a few months earelir, in a special election.)
In exchange for getting the matching funds, participating candidates agree to spending limits, and participation in a handful of debates. Some candidates opt not to participate in the program, like Mayor Bloomberg, whose private fortunate is estimated around $14 billion. Other candidates facing nominal opposition say they simply do not need the matching funds.
All candidates, though, are required to report to the CFB information about who is donating to their campaign, and how, exactly, they are spending their money.
The CFB’s report also recommended a few changes to the law, including a requirement to force greater disclosure from groups making “independent expenditures” affecting a campaign. One group that made independent expenditures, but did not have to report them to the CFB, was the Working Families Party. The group also helped elect a number of new City Council members. Critics said those lawmakers unfairly benefited from the WFP’s expenditures.
The campaign finance law lowered the amount of money that could be given by people who had business currently pending before city officials.
The law, which was passed by the City Council and signed into law by Bloomberg, created an unfair exemption to labor unions. Contributions from individual locals of the same union would be counted as separate donations, and not go towards the contribution cap of the parent union. Critics said locals within a union often coordinate their activities and political decision making, making them one entity.