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File #: Res 0075-2014    Version: * Name: Support of the "2013 Fair Elections Act" (A.4980-C/S.4705-A)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Governmental Operations
On agenda: 2/26/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution in support of A.4980-C/S.4705-A, also known as the "2013 Fair Elections Act," which would create a public campaign financing system for campaigns for New York statewide office, state legislative office and constitutional convention delegate.
Sponsors: Jumaane D. Williams, Costa G. Constantinides, Rosie Mendez, Ben Kallos
Council Member Sponsors: 4
Attachments: 1. Committee Report 4/25/14, 2. Hearing Testimony 4/25/14, 3. Hearing Transcript 4/25/14
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2017*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/25/2014*Jumaane D. Williams Committee on Governmental Operations Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/25/2014*Jumaane D. Williams Committee on Governmental Operations Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/2014*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/2014*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 75
 
 
Resolution in support of A.4980-C/S.4705-A, also known as the "2013 Fair Elections Act," which would create a public campaign financing system for campaigns for New York statewide office, state legislative office and constitutional convention delegate.
 
 
By Council Members Williams, Constantinides, Mendez and Kallos
 
Whereas, New York State does not currently have a public campaign financing system for candidates running for statewide office, state legislative office or constitutional convention delegate; and
Whereas, The current New York State campaign contribution limit for a candidate running in a primary and general election for statewide office is $60,700, and between $8,200 and $16,800 for state legislative office, as compared to $5,000 for a United States Presidential candidate; and
Whereas, The current New York State limit on direct corporate contributions to
 
candidates is $5,000, as compared to an absolute ban on such contributions under New
 
York City and federal law: and
 
Whereas, In 2010 the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, holding that corporations and other groups may engage in unlimited independent spending on elections; and
     Whereas, The Supreme Court decision, combined with New York State's current contribution limits and lack of a public campaign financing system, has the potential to hinder electoral competition and increase the risk of corruption by allowing wealthy individuals and corporations to spend large amounts to fund political campaigns; and
     Whereas, Public campaign financing provides candidates with resources to run competitive races, improves election transparency through more stringent disclosure requirements and reduces the risk of corruption and the appearance of impropriety by decreasing the potential for undue influence from wealthy contributors; and
     Whereas, A.4980-C/S.4705-A, also known as the "2013 Fair Elections Act,"  currently pending in the State Assembly and Senate and introduced by Assembly Speaker Silver and Senator Stewart-Cousins, respectively, would establish a New York State optional partial public campaign financing system for campaigns for statewide office, state legislative office, and constitutional convention delegates; and
     Whereas, This public campaign finance system would be a matching funds system whereby candidates would get $6 for every $1 of eligible contributions up to $250, and could raise no more than $2,000 from any single contributor; and
     Whereas, A matching funds system would increase voter participation by encouraging candidates to seek smaller contributions from a larger donor base, and thereby reduce the disproportionate influence of wealthy donors and corporations; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York supports A.4980-C/S.4705-A, also known as the "2013 Fair Elections Act," which would create a public campaign financing system for campaigns for New York statewide office, state legislative office and constitutional convention delegate.
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