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Guidance

The following guidance documents were created to provide campaigns with supplemental information on specific campaign-related topics. They do not replace or supersede the Campaign Finance Act, CFB Rules, or Handbook. If you have additional questions, contact your Candidate Services liaison.

Candidate Day One Checklist
This checklist contains basic information to help keep your campaign on track with the CFB.

C-SMART Help
C-SMART Help provides assistance on entering transactions, uploading documentation, running reports, and submitting disclosure statements in C-SMART. Each document is focused on a specific function and contains step-by-step instructions and descriptions. For guidance on the Act and Rules, recordkeeping requirements, and other compliance matters, please review the
Campaign Finance Handbook or contact your Candidate Services liaison.

Consultant and Vendor Guide
The CFB created this guide to demonstrate best practices for the consultants and vendors that regularly work for campaigns. Use the sections in the guide to find details on the types of documentation that campaigns will request, as well as links to template and sample documents.

Credit Card Contributions
There are specific reporting, recordkeeping and processor requirements that must be met prior to setting up a credit card platform other than NYC Votes Contribute. Your credit card processor must comply with the CFB's requirements to ensure that your contributions may be matched with public funds. 

Invalid Matching Claims (IMC) Codes
The following codes are used by staff auditors when evaluating a candidate’s matching funds claims. If a claim is found to violate CFB requirements, the auditor will label the violation with one of these codes. Candidates will have an opportunity to review and correct any violations if identified.

Political Consultants Who Work for Both Candidates and Independent Spenders
Political consultants must be aware of potential campaign finance violations that may arise for them and their clients when they choose to work for both candidates and independent spenders simultaneously. Doing work for both types of clients can lead to violations of the Act and Rules by candidates, independent spenders, and consultants. This guidance is to provide information to consultants on when their work may cause issues for their clients and themselves.

Restrictions on the Use of Government Resources
The New York City Charter contains provisions restricting the use of government resources by public servants.

Runoff Election
A runoff election will occur when no candidates running for citywide office receives at least 40% of the vote in the primary election. Campaigns are allowed to raise money for a runoff election once they demonstrate to the CFB that a runoff election is reasonably anticipated.

Segregated Bank Accounts
If you want to contribute to other political/candidate committees or pay debt from a previous election, you can avoid a public funds deduction by opening and fundraising into a separate bank.

Step-by-Step Guide to Filing Day
The purpose of this checklist is to guide campaigns through Filing Day procedures. Review these steps prior to submitting a disclosure statement.

Transfers – Type 1 & 2a
Type 1 transfers occur between a political party committee and a candidate committee. Type 2a transfers occur between two committees supporting the same candidate in the same election.

Transfers – Type 2b
Type 2b transfers occur between two committees supporting the same candidate in different elections.