Campaign Finance Policy in the State and City of New York

Michael J. Malbin and Peter W. Brusoe

in The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195387230
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Campaign Finance Policy in the State and City of New York


This article presents a brief summary of the major proposals for campaign finance policy in New York. New York's campaign finance laws have not changed substantially since Buckley. There have been some potentially significant changes both in the state's political alignment and in the substantive positions put forward by the key leaders. New York City's multiple matching fund program had an intended effect on the proportional importance of small donors. The effect of this program clearly is in the direction its sponsors had envisioned. Constitutional constraints do not allow the use of public financing to constrain spending in politics. Public financing programs do not automatically give candidates an incentive to raise money from small donors. There is a possibility that the New York state legislature may respond to the Governor's call for a comprehensive revision of the state's campaign finance laws.

Keywords: campaign finance policy; New York; public financing; spending; politics; public financing programs; state legislature

Article.  13323 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Public Policy

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