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Limits & Thresholds

2020A Queens Borough President Off-Year Election

CONTRIBUTION LIMITS
SPENDING LIMITS
THRESHOLDS
Public Funds Payment

The Queens Borough President Special Election has been canceled by the Governor’s E.O. 202.23. These limits and thresholds apply for the 2020A primary and general elections.

Contribution limits apply to all campaigns, whether or not you join the matching funds program. These limits apply for the entire election cycle. Both monetary and in-kind contributions of goods and services are subject to these limits. All candidates are prohibited from accepting contributions from corporations, LLCs, and partnerships. Candidates are prohibited from accepting contributions from political committees not registered with the CFB. View a list of registered political committees for this election cycle.

New Program
(Option A) Participant
Old Program
(Option B) Participant
Non-Participant
$1,500 $3,950 $3,950

For more information on the new and old programs and how to join, see Join the Matching Funds Program.

Per the Campaign Finance Act, the contribution limit increased from the standard special election contribution limit because the election was postponed. 

If an individual contributor has business dealings with the city at the time their contribution is made, lower limits apply. Doing business contributions are not eligible for matching funds and do not count toward the threshold to receive public funds.

Doing Business
Contribution Limit
$320

Per the Campaign Finance Act, the doing business contribution limit increased from the standard special election doing business contribution limit because the election was postponed. 

Access the Doing Business Database

The Queens Borough President Special Election has been canceled by the Governor’s E.O. 202.23. These limits and thresholds apply for the 2020A primary and general elections.

Program participants must observe strict spending limits. A spending limit is the maximum total amount a campaign can spend during an election cycle.

Out-Year (Beginning of Fundraising – December 31, 2019) Primary Election General Election
$153,000 $1,640,000 $1,640,000

If a non-participant raises or spends more than half the applicable spending limit, the spending limit for all participants in that race will be increased by 50%. If a non-participant raises or spends more than three times the applicable spending limit, participants in that race will no longer be subject to a spending limit. The CFB will review disclosure statements to see if expenditure limit relief is warranted and will notify affected campaigns. Candidates may also petition the Board if they believe that a non-participating opponent has triggered expenditure limit relief. Candidates should never assume that their expenditure limit has been increased or suspended unless they receive written confirmation from the CFB.

The Queens Borough President Special Election has been canceled by the Governor’s E.O. 202.23. These limits and thresholds apply for the 2020A primary and general elections.

Program participants must meet this two-part threshold, abide by the Program’s requirements, and face opposition on the ballot to qualify for public funding. Only the first $175 of an individual New York City resident’s contribution is applied toward meeting dollar amount threshold.

Minimum Funds Raised Minimum Number of Contributors
$44,614 100*

*Must be Queens resident

The Queens Borough President Special Election has been canceled by the Governor’s E.O. 202.23. These limits and thresholds apply for the 2020A primary and general elections.

The Program matches each dollar a New York City resident gives, up to $175, with up to eight dollars in public funds, for a maximum of $1,400 in public funds per contributor.

Program Choice

Matching Rate

Maximum Matchable
Per Contributor

Maximum Public Funds
Per Contributor

Maximum Public Funds
Per Election

New Program (Option A)

$8-to-$1

$175

$1,400

$1,230,000

Old Program (Option B)

$6-to-$1

$175

$1,050

$902,000

For more information on the new and old programs and how to join, see Join the Matching Funds Program.

2020A Public Funds Payment Schedule

Payment Date Based on Valid Matching Claims Reported in Disclosure Statement(s) Up To: Payment Type

January 29, 2020 
(pending NYC Board of Elections hearing on independent nominating petitions)

Disclosure Statement #1 (due January 15, 2020) Special
February 27, 2020  Disclosure Statement #2 (due February 21, 2020)  Special
April 8, 2020  Disclosure Statement #3 (due March 13, 2020)  Special
To Be Determined Disclosure Statement #4 (due May 22, 2020) Primary
To Be Determined (Tentative)  Response to statement review(s) with corrected invalid matching claims  Primary
June 18, 2020 Disclosure Statement #5 (due June 12, 2020)  Primary
July 15, 2020 Disclosure Statement #5 (due June 12, 2020)  General
August 6, 2020  Disclosure Statement #6 (due July 15, 2020) General
September 3, 2020  Disclosure Statement #7 (due August 28, 2020) General
October 8, 2020 Disclosure Statement #8 (due October 2, 2020)  General
October 29, 2020 Disclosure Statement #9 (due October 23, 2020)  General

This public funds payment schedule is tentative and subject to change. Public funds are paid only to candidates eligible for payment based on the Campaign Finance Act and CFB Rules. For more information on public funds eligibility criteria, please see Chapter 6 of the Handbook.