NYC Campaign Finance Board Approves $23.3 Million in Additional Public Funds Payments to 2021 Candidates
The NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB) approved $23,365,739 in public matching funds payments to 159 city candidates in the 2021 election cycle during a public meeting held earlier this morning.
Today's public funds payments are based on campaign filings received from candidates through March 15. Including today's payment, the CFB has issued $72,196,632 to candidates, more than any previous election cycle in the program's 32-year history.
Six candidates for mayor, five for comptroller, 20 for borough president, and 127 City Council candidates qualified for public funds payments today. Five City Council candidates received a maximum public funds payment today.
Overall, 206 City Council candidates have qualified for public funds payments and 103 have received a maximum public funds payment.
More candidates are registered to run in the 2021 elections than in any previous New York City election cycle. More than 93 percent of all the individual contributions raised are less than $250 and more than 71 percent are from New York City residents.
To qualify for public funds, candidates must meet fundraising thresholds demonstrating support from within their communities. The eligibility thresholds encourage candidates to raise small contributions from voters living within the city.
The payments are detailed in the tables below and will be added to the CFB's campaign finance summary webpage by the end of the day.
|Candidate||Payments Approved April 15, 2021|
|Candidate||Payments Approved April 15, 2021|
Public Funds Payments - April 15, 2021 - BOROUGH PRESIDENT CANDIDATES
|Candidate||Payments Approve April 15, 2021|
|Robert Cornegy, Jr.||$190,246|
|Jo Anne Simon||$386,933|
|Jimmy Van Bramer||$62,578|
|Total Borough President:||$3,153,405|
Public Funds Payments - April 15, 2021 - CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES
|Candidate||Payment on April 15, 2021|
|Leslie Boghosian Murphy||$21,014|
|R. Dimple Willabus||$4,826|
|Total City Council:||$4,750,286|
The CFB withholds five percent of the public funds payment until the final payment prior to the election. For primary election candidates, the withheld amount will be issued in the payment scheduled for June 17.
DISCLOSURE AND PAYMENT CALENDAR
Candidates in the 2021 New York City elections filed their most recent disclosure reports with the CFB on March 15, 2021. The payments listed above are based on campaign financial data provided by this deadline. The next opportunity for candidates to receive public matching funds is May 13, based on response to statement reviews with corrected invalid matching claims.
The next disclosure reports are due by midnight on May 21. There will then be a public funds payment on May 27 based on those disclosures. In total, there are eight public matching funds payments scheduled ahead of the primary elections on June 22.
HOW THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE PROGRAM WORKS
The CFB provides matching funds out of the city's General Fund to qualifying candidates at a rate of $8 for every $1 received from New York City residents, up to the first $175 for donations to City Council and Borough President candidates, and up to $250 for donations to citywide candidates, for a maximum payment-per-resident of $1,400 or $2,000, respectively.
To qualify for matching funds, candidates must demonstrate support from within their communities by meeting a two-part fundraising threshold and abide by the other requirements set in the Campaign Finance Act. For instance, to qualify for public funding in City Council races, candidates must raise at least $5,000 from city residents. Only the first $175 contributed per city resident counts towards meeting the threshold.
Additionally, City Council candidates must receive at least 75 contributions from residents of the district where they are running. Candidates also must comply with all program rules, including individual contribution limits and a prohibition on collecting contributions from corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.
The matching rate increased to $8-to-$1 in November 2018 when it was adopted by voters along with other improvements to the matching funds program. For 2021, candidates may choose to participate in the previous program, which provides public funds at a $6-to-$1 matching rate. However, 98 percent of 2021 candidates participating in the program are choosing to abide by the new rules.
The CFB's Candidate Services staff offers candidates extensive support by providing access to trainings, resources, and one-on-one guidance to help campaigns navigate their disclosure requirements and compliance obligations. For the 2021 elections, the agency published a detailed guidance document with the payment schedule, requirements, and applicable deadlines for candidates to follow.
FOLLOW THE MONEY
More information about the candidates' campaign finance data is available on the CFB website in the Campaign Finance Summary portal. Individual contributions, campaign spending, intermediaries, and independent PAC expenditures are available in the CFB's Follow the Money database.