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Limits & Thresholds

2019 Off-Year Election

Public Advocate and City Council District 45

CONTRIBUTION LIMITS
SPENDING LIMITS
THRESHOLDS
Public Funds Payment

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. View a list of registered political committees for this election cycle.

Office New Program
(Option A) Participant*
Old Program
(Option B) Participant
Non-Participant
Public Advocate $2,000 $5,100 $5,100
City Council $1,000 $2,850 $2,850

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

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.

Office Doing Business
Contribution Limit
Public Advocate $400
City Council $250

Access the Doing Business Database

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

Office Spending Limit
Public Advocate $4,555,000
City Council $190,000

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.

Candidates 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 to $250, depending on the candidate’s program choice and office sought, of an individual New York City resident’s contribution is applied toward meeting dollar amount threshold.

Office Minimum Funds Raised Minimum Number of Contributions
Public Advocate $125,000 500
City Council $5,000 *75

*Must be district residents

The Program matches each dollar a New York City resident gives, up to $250, with up to eight dollars in public funds, for a maximum of $2,000 in public funds per contributor. The maximum a candidate can receive in public funds per election equals 75% of the applicable spending limit.

Office

Matching Rate

Maximum Matchable
Per Contributor

Maximum Public Funds 
Per Contributor

Maximum Public Funds 
Per Election

Public Advocate

$8-to-$1

$250

$2,000

$3,416,250

City Council

$175

$1,400

$142,500

† 75% of applicable spending limit

Office

Matching Rate

Maximum Matchable
Per Contributor

Maximum Public Funds 
Per Contributor

Maximum Public Funds 
Per Election

Public Advocate

$6-to-$1

$175

$1,050

$2,505,250

City Council

$104,500

‡ 55% of applicable spending limit

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

2019 Public Funds Payment Schedule

Payment Date

Based on Valid Matching Claims Reported in Disclosure Statement(s) Through:

Payment Type

April 15, 2019

Disclosure Statement #1 (due March 15, 2019)

Primary (early)

May 31, 2019

Disclosure Statement #2 (due May 24, 2019)

Primary

To be determined

Response to statement review(s) with corrected invalid matching claims

Primary

June 20, 2019

Disclosure Statement #3 (due June 14, 2019)

Primary

July 15, 2019

Disclosure Statement #4 (due July 5, 2019)

General

September 6, 2019

Disclosure Statement #6 (due August 30, 2019)

General

October 10, 2019

Disclosure Statement #7 (due October 4, 2019)

General

October 18, 2019

Response to statement review(s) with corrected invalid matching claims

General

October 31, 2019

Disclosure Statement #8 (due October 25, 2019)

General