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 June 2013, No. 30 
New York CityCampaign Finance Board
Father Joseph P. Parkes, S.J.
Art ChangRichard J. DavisCourtney C. HallMark S. Piazza
Board Members
Amy M. Loprest
Executive Director 
Elizabeth Bauer
Chie o Administrative Services
Daniel Cho
Director o Candidate Services
Sue Ellen Dodell
General Counsel 
Eric Friedman
Director o External Afairs
Peri Horowitz
Director o Campaign Finance Administration
Onida Coward Mayers
Director o Voter Assistance
Kenneth O’Brien
Director o Systems Administration
Julius Peele
Director o Auditing & Accounting
Jesse Schafer
Director o Special Compliance
Elizabeth A. Upp
Director o Communications
Peggy A. Willens
Director o Management  Analysis & Records Administration
Matt Sollars
Press Secretary 
Bonny Tsang
Public Afairs Ocer 
Lauren Vincent
Press Intern
June 2013, No. 3040 Rector Street, 7
Fl.New York, NY 10006www.nycc.inoQuestions/Comments
 212.306.7100 press@nycc.ino
Candidates Favor Campaign Finance Program by Wide Margin
For 25 years, New York City has had one o thestrongest publicly nanced election systems inthe entire country. The strength o the CampaignFinance Program is thanks in large part to themany candidates who’ve participated over thepast six citywide election cycles.The 2013 election continues that tradition o robust participation. For the 2013 elections, 238candidates, or nearly 87 percent o candidateswith active campaigns, have led to join theProgram. The high participation rate meansthat the city’s investment in publicly nancedcampaigns is paying huge dividends.Candidates who participate in the Program may beeligible to receive public unds that match the rst$175 o contributions they collect rom New YorkCity residents at a $6-to-$1 rate. With that publicmatch, a $25 contribution rom a city residentmay be worth $175 to a Program participant. Tobe eligible to receive public unds, candidatesmust meet atwo-part undraising thresholdto demonstrate support rom NYC residents.Candidates must also comply with the campaignnance law and agree to a strictspending limit.The matching unds program guarantees even themost modest contribution can have a big impacton the campaign it supports. Public undinghelps ensure that the voices o the New Yorkersdonating those modest sums are not drownedout by special interests with deep pockets. As aresult, special interest money has a much smallerrole in city politics, especially when compared toAlbany. Public nancing means that New York Citytaxpayers are the largest single source o unds incity politics.Candidates who join the matching unds programdon’t have to be accountable to the specialinterests. The Program encourages candidatesto spend more o their time talking with potentialvoters to learn about their issues and concerns,which means they’re accountable to the publicinterest. That’s an investment well worth making.
Campaign Finance Board Kicks Of 2013 Debate Program
With just two months remaining beore therst votes are cast in the primary elections onSeptember 10, the CFB has set the schedule oran exciting series o debates to help voters maketheir choices. The City’s ocial Debate Programcalls or two debates or each citywide ocebeore the primary and the general elections. Anadditional debate will be held or each oce i there is a runof.The CFB selected 15 organizations in three groupsas sponsors based on their ability to deliver alarge and diverse audience, design a creativeapproach to engage New Yorkers, and presenta air, impartial, nonpartisan debate. The CFB’scompetitive selection process drew applicationsrom 28 organizations, the highest since theDebate Program’s inception in 1997.The three sponsor groups are:CBS 2 News, WCBS Newsradio 880,1010 WINS, El Diario/La Prensa, andCommon Cause/NYNBC 4 New York, Telemundo NuevaYork, and The Wall Street JournalNY1 News, NY1 Noticias, WNYC, CitizensCommittee or New York City, CitizensUnion, Gothamist, Hispanic Federation,and Transportation AlternativesThe debates will be broadcast on television, radioand online. Debates will also be translated intomultiple oreign languages, including a simulcastin Spanish.
The Board issued an advisory opinion that determined a runof election in the Democratic Mayoral Primary Election is reasonablyanticipated. For more inormation, please reer to article above.
 Violations and Penalties
CandidateElectionOfce SoughtPenalties
Cliton Stanley Diaz2011CD #28$,In addition, the Board voted to dismiss a complaint against 2013 City Council District 48 candidate Ari Kagan.
Democratic Mayoral Candidates Get OK to Raise Funds or Possible Runof 
The Campaign Finance Board issued anadvisory opinionthis monththat determined a runof election in the Democratic mayoral primary is”reasonably anticipated,” meaning candidates in that race may acceptadditional contributions that they can spend during the runof period.Runof elections are held ollowing a primary election or citywide ocei no candidate receives more than 40 percent o the vote. The two topvote-getters in the primary will participate in the runof to determinethe party’s nominee or the general election.The Board concluded that a runof is likely based on the number o candidates in the race, the lack o an incumbent candidate, and recentpolls showing the top candidate receiving support rom only 25 percento registered Democrats. The Board’s determination, in response to arequest rom New Yorkers or de Blasio, allows candidates to open aseparate runof account to collect contributions or that race.The contribution and spending limits or a runof election are hal thespending limit or the primary election. For the Democratic mayoralrunof, the contribution limit is $2,475. Candidates can accept up tothat limit or the runof election rom a contributor, even i he or shehas already contributed the maximum $4,950 to the campaign. Thespending limit or the runof is $3,213,000 or candidates participatingin the CFB’s matching unds program. Candidates who participate inthe Campaign Finance Program will receive a lump-sum public undspayment equal to one-quarter the amount o public unds they receivedin the primary. In the event that there is no runof, or a candidate is notin the runof, unds raised or a runof cannot be used or expendituresin either the primary or general election.Normally, a runof would be held two weeks ollowing the primaryelection. Earlier this month, state lawmakers voted to move this year’srunof to October 1
, three weeks ater the Primary. The bill, which alsoallows the City’s Board o Elections to use lever voting machines orthe primary and runof elections, was awaiting approval by GovernorCuomo at press time.Since the CFB’s inception in 1988, there has been only one runof election in a mayoral contest. In 2001, Fernando Ferrer nished rst, butailed to win 40 percent o the vote, in a our-way Democratic primary.Two weeks later, Mark Green narrowly deeated Ferrer in the runof.
Petitioning Expenses
It is petitioning season in NYC and many campaigns havevolunteers out collecting signatures. However, i campaignsare paying workers to carry petitions, they must take certainsteps to ensure expenses are considered campaign relatedand qualied (i.e., an allowable use o public unds).See ourCSU “Tip o the Month”or more details. Also, checkout our“Campaign Toolbox”page, which has documents
to help answer some o the common questions askedby campaigns.

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