2013 Citywide Elections
These limits are for the primary and general elections combined. Both monetary and “in-kind” contributions of goods/services are subject to these limits. All candidates are prohibited from accepting contributions from corporations, LLCs, and partnerships.
|Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller||$4,950|
These “doing business” contribution limits are for the primary and general elections combined.
|Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller||$400|
Program participants must observe strict spending limits. A spending limit is the maximum total amount a campaign can spend during different periods of an election cycle. The amounts vary depending on which office you seek.
(2010 – 2012)
|Primary Election †||General Election|
|Public Advocate, Comptroller||$303,000||$4,018,000||$4,018,000|
* Spending in excess of these amounts will be charged against the first limit applicable in 2013.
† If no primary is held, there is no primary election spending limit.
Candidates must meet this two-part threshold, abide by the Program’s requirements, and face opposition on the ballot to qualify for public financing.
Only the first $175 of a contribution counts toward meeting dollar amount threshold.
|Office||Minimum Funds Raised||Number of Contributors|
|Public Advocate, Comptroller||$125,000||500|
|Borough President||$10,000 – $50,094 *||100 †|
|City Council||$5,000||75 ‡|
* For borough president, the threshold dollar amount is based upon the number of persons living in each borough. The dollar amount (based on the 2010 census) for each borough is: Bronx, $27,702; Brooklyn, $50,094; Manhattan, $31,717; Queens, $44,614; and Staten Island, $10,000. Note: These amounts are based on the 2010 census and are rounded to the nearest dollar.
† Must be borough residents.
‡ Must be district residents.
The Program matches each dollar a NYC resident gives, up to $175, with six dollars in public funds, for a maximum of $1,050 in public funds per contributor.
|Office||Maximum Public Funds *†|
|Public Advocate, Comptroller||$2,209,900|
* Per election, in election year.
† Candidates who face minimal opposition will receive a reduced public funds payment.