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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.

On November 6, 2018, New York City voters approved a ballot referendum that amended the New York City Charter related to the Program. Effective January 12, 2019, these changes are:

  • increase the matching rate on contributions from New York City residents,
  • increase the maximum amount per contributor eligible for matching payments for citywide offices,
  • increase the amount of public funds candidates can receive per election,
  • make public funds available as early as February of the election year,
  • lower the contribution limits.

Candidates may opt out of the new program and choose the lower matching rate, lower maximum public funds, the higher contribution limits, and delayed public funds distribution schedule as 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.

New Program (Option A)

* 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.

** Contributions received through January 11, 2019 for the 2021 elections are subject to the $6-to-$1 matching rate and can be matchable only up to $175 regardless of the office sought.

(75% of applicable spending limit)

Old Program (Option B)

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

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

  • Fail to get on the ballot in the primary and/or general election;
  • Fail to gather and submit petitions; or
  • Eventually do not face opposition on the ballot.

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

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.

On November 6, 2018, New York City voters approved a ballot referendum that amended the New York City Charter related to the Program. Effective January 12, 2019, these changes are:

  • increase the matching rate on contributions from New York City residents,
  • increase the maximum amount per contributor eligible for matching payments for citywide offices,
  • increase the amount of public funds candidates can receive per election,
  • make public funds available as early as February of the election year,
  • lower the contribution limits.

Candidates may opt out of the new program and choose the lower matching rate, lower maximum public funds, the higher contribution limits, and delayed public funds distribution schedule as 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.

New Program (Option A)

* 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.

** Contributions received through January 11, 2019 for the 2021 elections are subject to the $6-to-$1 matching rate and can be matchable only up to $175 regardless of the office sought.

(75% of applicable spending limit)

Old Program (Option B)

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

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

  • Fail to get on the ballot in the primary and/or general election;
  • Fail to gather and submit petitions; or
  • Eventually do not face opposition on the ballot.

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

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.

On November 6, 2018, New York City voters approved a ballot referendum that amended the New York City Charter related to the Program. Effective January 12, 2019, these changes are:

  • increase the matching rate on contributions from New York City residents,
  • increase the maximum amount per contributor eligible for matching payments for citywide offices,
  • increase the amount of public funds candidates can receive per election,
  • make public funds available as early as February of the election year,
  • lower the contribution limits.

Candidates may opt out of the new program and choose the lower matching rate, lower maximum public funds, the higher contribution limits, and delayed public funds distribution schedule as 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.

New Program (Option A)

* 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.

** Contributions received through January 11, 2019 for the 2021 elections are subject to the $6-to-$1 matching rate and can be matchable only up to $175 regardless of the office sought.

(75% of applicable spending limit)

Old Program (Option B)

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

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

  • Fail to get on the ballot in the primary and/or general election;
  • Fail to gather and submit petitions; or
  • Eventually do not face opposition on the ballot.

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

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

$5,464,500

Public Advocate and Comptroller

$2,000

$250

$2,000

$3,416,250

Borough President

$1,500

$175

$1,400

$1,230,000

City Council

$1,000

$175

$1,400

$142,500

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