NYC Campaign Finance Board Issues Third Public Funds Payment of the 2019 Public Advocate Special Election


The New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) issued public matching funds payments totaling $3,079,048 to eleven candidates in the 2019 Public Advocate Special Election. Including payments issues earlier this month and last month, the CFB has provided a total of $7,178,120 in public funds to eleven candidates for the February 26 special election.

The Board approved the following payments:

Candidate Jan. 31
Feb. 8
Feb. 21
Total Received
(to date)
Michael Blake $716,133 $24,358 $97,525 $838,016
Rafael Espinal Jr. -- $461,547 $113,749 $575,296
Ronald Kim -- $537,789 $52,825 $590,614
Nomiki Konst -- -- $512,568 $512,568
Daniel O'Donnell -- $491,151 $124,625 $615,776
Melissa Mark-Viverito -- -- $408,359 $408,359
Ydanis Rodriguez -- -- $510,560 $510,560
Dawn Smalls $574,636 $41,838 $184,110 $800,584
Eric Ulrich -- $476,026 $159,174 $635,200
Jumaane Williams $690,194 $85,400 $372,873 $1,148,467
Benjamin Yee -- -- $542,680 $542,680
Total $1,980,963 $2,118,109 $3,079,048 $7,178,120

This is the first election cycle under the improved matching funds program adopted by voters in November 2018 and applied to the Public Advocate Special Election by the City Council. Under the new limits, New York City’s matching funds program provides public funds to qualifying candidates at a matching rate of $8-to-$1 for the first $250 contributed by city residents. Each contribution from New York City residents is eligible for a maximum matching payment of $2,000. Candidates in the special election may choose to participate in the new program or in the old program, which matches contributions by $6-to-$1 for the first $175 per contributor.

To qualify for public matching funds, candidates must receive a minimum of 500 contributions from New York City residents, amounting to at least $62,500. Only the match-eligible portion of a contribution may count towards the threshold. Candidates must comply with all program rules, including the prohibition on contributions from corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships, to be eligible for public funds.

The CFB's Candidate Guidance and Policy staff offers extensive support to campaigns, providing access to training, resources, and one-on-one guidance to help them navigate their disclosure requirements and compliance obligations.

Today's payments mark the final payment prior to the election on February 26. More information about the candidates' campaign finance data is available on the CFB website in the Campaign Finance Summary portal. Individual contribution data is available in the Follow the Money database