Board Approves $3M in Public Funds

07/10/2021

The NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB) approved $3,057,576 in public matching funds payments to 51 candidates during a public meeting this morning. With today's payments, the Board has issued more than $123 million to candidates in the 2021 elections. The Board has paid more than $14 million to candidates in the general election, while more than $109 million was issued to candidates for the June primary elections.

The payments approved by the Board today are detailed in the table below and will be added to the CFB's campaign finance summary by the end of the day. The CFB's interactive contribution map helps voters see where candidates are raising money within the city. The map shows that nearly 72 percent of all funds raised come from NYC residents and nearly 93 percent of individual contributions are $250 or less. 

To qualify for public funds, candidates must meet fundraising thresholds demonstrating support from within their communities. The eligibility thresholds encourage candidates to raise small contributions from voters living within the city. 
 

Office Candidate Payment
Mayor Curtis Sliwa $687,255
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams $959,093
Comptroller Brad Lander $26,647
Borough President - Brooklyn Antonio Reynoso $17,548
Borough President - Queens Donovan Richards $3,349
Borough President - Staten Island Mark Murphy $135,228
Leticia Remauro $36,586
Borough President - Bronx Vanessa Gibson $70,870
Samuel Ravelo $15,618
City Council District 1 Maud Maron $13,870
Christopher Marte $304
Jacqueline Toboroff $111,492
City Council District 5 Mark Foley $16,283
Julie Menin $66,508
City Council District 10 Edwin De La Cruz $5,054
Carmen De La Rosa $72,916
City Council District 11 Eric Dinowitz $380
City Council District 13 Aleksander Mici $2,432
Marjorie Velazquez $78,105
City Council District 15 Oswald Feliz $1,330
City Council District 19 Tony Avella $28,728
Vickie Paladino $44,080
City Council District 20 Yu-Ching Pai $30,894
Sandra Ung $118,835
City Council District 22 Edwin Dejesus $532
Felicia Kalan $8,087
City Council District 23 Linda Lee $22,230
City Council District 24 James Gennaro $32,680
Mujib Rahman $6,802
City Council District 25 Shekar Krishnan $1,277
City Council District 26 Marvin Jeffcoat $1,672
Julie Won $3,040
City Council District 29 Michael Conigliaro $53,785
Lynn Schulman $9,888
City Council District 31 Vanessa Simon $19,441
City Council District 32 Joann Ariola $11,756
City Council District 35 Regina Kinsey $5,252
City Council District 40 Rita Joseph $66,489
City Council District 41 Darlene Mealy $35,595
City Council District 43 Brian Fox $58,360
City Council District 45 Farah Louis $12,920
City Council District 46 Donald Cranston $14,630
City Council District 47 Ari Kagan $32,779
City Council District 48 Steven Saperstein $779
Inna Vernikov $2,812
City Council District 49 Kamillah Hanks $38,470
Patricia Rondinelli $3,344
City Council District 50 Sal Albanese $4,560
David Carr $57,437
George Wonica $5,852
City Council District 51 Olivia Drabczyk $3,702
 
The CFB withholds five percent of the public funds payment until the final payment prior to the election. 

DISCLOSURE AND PAYMENT CALENDAR

The next disclosure reports are due by midnight on October 22. The next general election payment will be issued on October 28. 
 

HOW THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE PROGRAM WORKS

The CFB provides matching funds out of the city's General Fund to qualifying candidates at a rate of $8 for every $1 received from New York City residents, up to the first $175 for donations to City Council and Borough President candidates, and up to $250 for donations to citywide candidates, for a maximum payment-per-resident of $1,400 or $2,000, respectively. 

To qualify for matching funds, candidates must demonstrate support from within their communities by meeting a two-part fundraising threshold and abide by the other requirements set in the Campaign Finance Act. For instance, to qualify for public funding in City Council races, candidates must raise at least $5,000 from city residents. Only the first $175 contributed per city resident counts towards meeting the threshold.

Additionally, City Council candidates must receive at least 75 contributions from residents of the district where they are running. Candidates also must comply with all program rules, including individual contribution limits and a prohibition on collecting contributions from corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.

The matching rate increased to $8-to-$1 in November 2018 when it was adopted by voters along with other improvements to the matching funds program. For 2021, candidates may choose to participate in the previous program, which provides public funds at a $6-to-$1 matching rate. However, 98 percent of 2021 candidates participating in the program are choosing to abide by the new rules.
 

CANDIDATE SERVICES

The CFB's Candidate Services staff offers candidates extensive support by providing access to trainings, resources, and one-on-one guidance to help campaigns navigate their disclosure requirements and compliance obligations. For the 2021 elections, the agency published a detailed guidance document with the payment schedule, requirements, and applicable deadlines for candidates to follow.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

More information about the candidates' campaign finance data is available on the CFB website in the Campaign Finance Summary portal. Individual contributions, campaign spending, intermediaries, and independent expenditures are available in the CFB's Follow the Money database.