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Join the Matching Funds Program

The voluntary Campaign Finance Program helps candidates run competitive campaigns by providing matching funds. Candidates running for city office must comply with the Campaign Finance Act and CFB Rules, abide by a strict spending limit, and meet eligibility criteria to be able to receive public funds.

The City Council passed Int. No. 732-B which expands the 2018 New York City Charter revision related to the Program for the 2021 elections. Effective July 14, 2019, these changes:

  • increased the matching rate
  • lowered contribution limits
  • increased the amount of public funds candidates may receive per election
  • made public funds available as early as December of the calendar year preceding the election year

New Program (Option A)

Office

Contribution Limit*

Matching Rate**

Maximum Matchable Per Contributor**

Maximum Public Funds Per Contributor

Maximum Public Funds Per Election

Mayor

$2,000

$8-to-$1

$250

$2,000

$6,476,444


Public Advocate
and Comptroller


$2,000


$250


$2,000


$4,048,888

Borough President

$1,500

$175

$1,400

$1,457,777

City Council

$1,000

$175

$1,400

$168,888

* Non-participants running in the 2021 election cycle or earlier may collect contributions up to the limits in effect under the old program, shown below.

** All contributions received since January 12, 2018 for the 2021 Election Cycle are subject to the $8-to-$1 matching rate, and up to $250 can be matched, depending on the office sought.

† 89% of applicable spending limit

Candidates may opt out of the new program and choose the lower matching rate, lower maximum public funds, higher contribution limits, and delayed public funds distribution schedule that were in effect before January 12, 2019. This choice is available only for candidates running in 2021 or a special or off-year election before then. Beginning in 2022, all candidates will be subject to the new program.

Old Program (Option B)

Office

Contribution Limit

Matching Rate

Maximum Matchable Per Contributor

Maximum Public Funds Per Contributor

Maximum Public Funds Per Election

Mayor

$5,100

$6-to-$1

$175

$1,050

$4,007,300


Public Advocate
and Comptroller


$5,100


$175


$1,050


$2,505,250

Borough President

$3,950

$175

$1,050

$902,000

City Council

$2,850

$175

$1,050

$104,500

55% of applicable spending limit

Choosing Option B means that you will be eligible to receive less in public funds and will not receive public funds until June of the election year, but will be allowed to collect contributions at a higher limit.

Whichever program option candidates choose, all candidates must join the Campaign Finance Program and meet the following criteria to be eligible to receive public funds:

Candidates who receive an early public funds payment may be required to return public funds if they:

  1. Terminate their candidacies prior to the petitioning period;
  2. Fail to get on the ballot in the primary and/or general election;
  3. Fail to gather and submit petitions; or
  4. Eventually do not face opposition on the ballot.

For more information on the Program, see Chapter 6 of the Campaign Finance Handbook.

Your assigned Candidate Services Liaison will send you alerts and reminders about filings and answer questions you have regarding public funds payments during the election cycle.

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