Bill Text: NY S04344 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Provides that no contributor may make a contribution to any candidate or political committee and no candidate or political committee may accept any contribution from any contributor which is greater than the amount of seven thousand dollars for a primary election and greater than the amount of eleven thousand dollars for a general election.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-07 - REFERRED TO ELECTIONS [S04344 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04344-Introduced.html


                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
                                          4344
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                      March 7, 2019
                                       ___________
        Introduced  by  Sen.  BIAGGI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections
        AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to contributions to prima-
          ry and general elections
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Paragraphs  a and b of subdivision 1 of section 14-114 of
     2  the election law, as amended by chapter 659 of the  laws  of  1994,  are
     3  amended to read as follows:
     4    a. In any election for a public office to be voted on by the voters of
     5  the  entire  state, or for nomination to any such office, no contributor
     6  may make a contribution to any candidate or political committee, and  no
     7  candidate  or  political  committee may accept any contribution from any
     8  contributor[, which is in the aggregate amount greater than:  (i) in the
     9  case of any nomination to public office, the product of the total number
    10  of enrolled voters in the candidate's  party  in  the  state,  excluding
    11  voters in inactive status, multiplied by $.005, but such amount shall be
    12  not  less  than  four  thousand  dollars  nor  more than twelve thousand
    13  dollars as increased or decreased  by  the  cost  of  living  adjustment
    14  described  in  paragraph  c of this subdivision, and (ii) in the case of
    15  any election  to  a  public  office,  twenty-five  thousand  dollars  as
    16  increased  or  decreased  by  the cost of living adjustment described in
    17  paragraph c of this subdivision;  provided  however,  that  the  maximum
    18  amount  which  may be so contributed or accepted, in the aggregate, from
    19  any candidate's child, parent, grandparent, brother and sister, and  the
    20  spouse  of  any  such persons, shall not exceed in the case of any nomi-
    21  nation to public office an amount  equivalent  to  the  product  of  the
    22  number of enrolled voters in the candidate's party in the state, exclud-
    23  ing  voters  in inactive status, multiplied by $.025, and in the case of
    24  any election for a public office, an amount equivalent to the product of
    25  the number of registered voters in the state excluding voters  in  inac-
    26  tive  status,  multiplied  by $.025] which is greater than the amount of
    27  seven thousand dollars for a  primary  election  and  greater  than  the
    28  amount of eleven thousand dollars for a general election.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD03750-01-9

        S. 4344                             2
     1    b.  In  any  other  election  for  party position or for election to a
     2  public office or for nomination for any such office, no contributor  may
     3  make  a  contribution  to  any  candidate  or political committee and no
     4  candidate or political committee may accept any  contribution  from  any
     5  contributor[,  which is in the aggregate amount greater than: (i) in the
     6  case of any election for party position, or  for  nomination  to  public
     7  office, the product of the total number of enrolled voters in the candi-
     8  date's  party  in  the  district  in  which he is a candidate, excluding
     9  voters in inactive status, multiplied by $.05, and (ii) in the  case  of
    10  any  election  for  a  public office, the product of the total number of
    11  registered voters in the district, excluding voters in inactive  status,
    12  multiplied  by $.05, however in the case of a nomination within the city
    13  of New York for the office of mayor,  public  advocate  or  comptroller,
    14  such  amount  shall be not less than four thousand dollars nor more than
    15  twelve thousand dollars as increased or decreased by the cost of  living
    16  adjustment  described in paragraph c of this subdivision; in the case of
    17  an election within the city of New York for the office of mayor,  public
    18  advocate  or  comptroller,  twenty-five thousand dollars as increased or
    19  decreased by the cost of living adjustment described in paragraph  c  of
    20  this  subdivision;  in  the case of a nomination for state senator, four
    21  thousand dollars as increased or decreased by the cost of living adjust-
    22  ment described in paragraph c of this subdivision; in  the  case  of  an
    23  election  for  state  senator, six thousand two hundred fifty dollars as
    24  increased or decreased by the cost of  living  adjustment  described  in
    25  paragraph  c  of  this  subdivision; in the case of an election or nomi-
    26  nation for a member of the  assembly,  twenty-five  hundred  dollars  as
    27  increased  or  decreased  by  the cost of living adjustment described in
    28  paragraph c of this subdivision; but in no event shall any such  maximum
    29  exceed  fifty  thousand  dollars  or  be less than one thousand dollars;
    30  provided however, that the maximum amount which may be so contributed or
    31  accepted, in the aggregate, from any candidate's child,  parent,  grand-
    32  parent,  brother  and  sister, and the spouse of any such persons, shall
    33  not exceed in the case of any election for party position or  nomination
    34  for  public office an amount equivalent to the number of enrolled voters
    35  in the candidate's party in the district in which  he  is  a  candidate,
    36  excluding  voters in inactive status, multiplied by $.25 and in the case
    37  of any election to public office, an amount equivalent to the number  of
    38  registered  voters in the district, excluding voters in inactive status,
    39  multiplied by $.25; or twelve hundred fifty dollars, whichever is great-
    40  er, or in the case of a nomination or election of a state senator, twen-
    41  ty thousand dollars, whichever is greater, or in the  case  of  a  nomi-
    42  nation  or  election  of  a  member of the assembly twelve thousand five
    43  hundred dollars, whichever is greater, but in no event  shall  any  such
    44  maximum  exceed  one hundred thousand dollars] which is greater than the
    45  amount of seven thousand dollars for a primary election and greater than
    46  the amount of eleven thousand dollars for a general election.
    47    § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
    48  it shall  have  become  a  law;  provided,  that  contributions  legally
    49  received  prior  to  the  effective date of this act may be retained and
    50  expended for lawful purposes and shall  not  provide  the  basis  for  a
    51  violation of article 14 of the election law, as amended by this act; and
    52  provided,  further,  that  the state board of elections shall notify all
    53  candidates and political committees of the applicable provisions of this
    54  act within thirty days after this act shall have become a law.
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