Bill S5208-2013

Enacts the 2013 Local Fair Elections act

Enacts the 2013 Local Fair Elections Act.

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  • May 14, 2013: REFERRED TO ELECTIONS

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BILL NUMBER:S5208

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to enacting the "2013 Local Fair Elections Act"; and to amend the election law, the state finance law and the tax law, in relation to providing for optional partial public financing of certain election campaigns in this state

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To provide optional public financing of campaigns for local elected offices in municipalities and counties with a population of 2,000,000 people or less.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

The bill adds a new title to Article 14 to provide for optional public financing of primary and general election campaigns for local elected offices, in municipalities and counties with a population of 2,000,000 or less, acting through its local legislative body, may elect to participate by adopting a resolution. In addition, the public referendum to require its local government to participate by filing a petition containing signatures of at least five percent of the voters registered to vote in the jurisdiction in which the office to be filled is located.

CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATION:

To be eligible for public financing, a candidate for nomination or election to a local office must satisfy the legal requirements for having his or her name on the ballot, elect to participate in the public financing system, meet the threshold for eligibility and agree to file required statements and authorize a single participating committee.

ELIGIBILITY THRESHOLD:

Candidates for office in municipalities and counties with a population over 250,000 and up to and including 2,000,000 must collect not less than $200,000 from at least 2,000 match-able contributions made up sums of up to $250 per individual contributor who resides in New York State.

Candidates for office in municipalities and counties with a population over 150,000 and up to and including 250,000 must collect not less than $20,000 from at least 200 match able contributions made up of sums of up to $250 per individual contributor who resides in New York State including at least $10,000 from at least 125 individual contributors who reside in the senate district in which the elective office is to be filled.

Candidates for office in municipalities and counties with a population over 25,000 and up to and including 150,000 must collect not less than $10,000 from at least 100 matchable contributions made up of sums of up to $250 per individual contributor who resides in New York State including at least $5,000 from at least so individual contributors who reside in the assembly district in which the office is to be filled.

Candidates for office in municipalities and counties with a population of 25,000 or less must collect not less than $5,000 from at least 50 matchable contributions made up of sums of up to $250 per individual contributor who resides in the municipality or county in which the office is to be filled.

MATCHABLE CONTRIBUTIONS:

Matchable contributions may be collected after January first of the year of the primary or general elections Matchable contributions for a special election, may be collected up to six months before the election. Only contributions from persons who reside in New York State are matchable.

THE MATCH:

Eligible contributions up to $250 are matched at the rate of $6 for every $1

OTHER PROVISIONS:

To receive public funds for a primary election, a participating candidate must agree to receive public funding for the general election.

Participating candidates who are unopposed in a primary election may not receive public funds. Participating candidates whose opponents don't raise or spend 10% of the public funds receipt limit for the office that they are seeking, are deemed unopposed.

Candidates who are challenged in a primary and who do not seek public funds are not eligible for public funds for the general election.

Candidates who are unopposed in a general or special election may not receive public funds.

PERMISSIBLE AND PROHIBITED USES OF PUBLIC FUNDS:

Public funds may be used only for qualified campaign expenditures during the year of the primary or general election. For a special election, such funds may only be used in the 3 months prior to the election. They may not be used for expenditures in violation of law, for payments to a candidate or to a relative of the candidate (or to any business entity of which such a person is an officer or employee or has a ten percent or greater ownership interest), for payments in excess of fair market value, for any expenditure after the candidate or the candidate's only remaining opponent's petitions or certificates, for non-campaign related food drink, or entertainment, or for gifts.

CONTRIBUTION LIMIT:

All candidates who choose to participate in the public financing system have a contribution limit of $2,000 per contributor.

PUBLIC FUNDS RECEIPT LIMITS:

The following limits on public funds apply to all candidates who participate in the public financing system:

County or municipality General Election Primary Population between $8,000,000 $6,000,00 250,000 and including 2,000,000 $350,000 $350,000 150,000 and including 250,000 $150,000 $150,000 25,000 and including 150,000 $75,000 $75,000 25,000 or less

A participating candidate may raise unlimited amounts of private money subject to the $2,000 per contributor limitation.

PARTY EXPENDITURES IN SUPPORT OF PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES:

Notwithstanding the expenditure limits for participating candidates, a local party committee may make the following expenditures for services to participating candidates the party has nominated:

Municipalities with a population between:

250,000 up to and including 2,000,000 $1,000,000 150,000 up to and including 250,000 $100,000 25,000 up to and including 150,000 $50,000 25,000 or less $10,000

ENFORCEMENT:

Enforcement of the new act will be handled by the State Campaign Finance Board created under the 2013 Pair Elections Act, as proposed by legislative bill numbers S.4705 and A.4980-B.

DEBATES:

Participating candidates are required to participate in at least one debate before the primary election and in at least one debate before the general election for which the candidate receives public funds, unless the participating candidate is running unopposed. A nonparticipating candidate may be a party to such debates.

SOURCES OF FUNDING:

The bill provides for an income tax check-off of $5. Such monies would be paid into a separate fund, known as the Local Campaign Finance Fund. The taxpayers' tax liability would not be affected by making this designation.

If the local campaign finance fund lacks the money to pay all properly certified claims, the deficiency will be paid by the local government where the participating candidate's office to be filled is located.

PENALTIES:

The civil penalty provisions provide that:

1) The failure to make proper campaign finance filings, as required by the act and rules regulations promulgated thereunder, shall subject the offender to a civil penalty of up to $5000.

2) Any person of authorized committee who knowingly and willfully violates any other provision of the act or any regulations promulgated thereunder shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000.

The Criminal penalty provisions provide that:

(1) All prosecutions under the act for criminal acts shall be prosecuted by the Attorney General.

(2) The failure to make proper campaign finance filings, as required by the act within 10 days or anyone that willfully violates any other provision of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and in addition to such other penalties as may be provided by law, shall be subject to a fine not to exceed the amount of $10,000.

(3) Any person who knowingly and willfully contributes, accepts or aids or participates in the acceptance of a contribution in an amount exceeding an applicable maximum specified in this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine not to exceed the amount of $10,000.

(4) Any person who knowingly makes a false statement or knowingly omits a material fact to the campaign finance board or an auditor designated by the campaign finance board during any audit conducted pursuant to new section 14-214 or the Election Law shall be guilty of a class E felony.

(5) In addition to any other sentence lawfully imposed upon a finding of guilt in a criminal prosecution commenced under the provisions of this bill, a court may order a defendant to repay to the campaign finance board any public matching funds obtained as a result of any criminal conduct.

JUSTIFICATION:

This public financing bill provides a comprehensive yet balanced approach to the public financing of local political campaigns. It contains significant but realistic limitations on expenditures and contribution receipts, a means for recovering public funds when they are violations of the filing requirements or the expenditures limitations for participants.

The "matching contribution" structure of the program has several advantages. It will reduce the amount of time a candidate must spend raising money, leaving more time to address the issues that are important to the public. The matching component allows for participation by private citizens throughout the campaign while also conserving resources by ensuring that only candidates who can show substantial voter support and face opposition will be eligible to receive public funds.

Overall, the bill strikes a balance that allows challengers and incumbents to compete fairly while capping the amount of public funds that will be expended.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

There will be minimal fiscal impact to the state as the state finance campaign board will be set up to administer the state finance campaign fund for state elections.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill - 2013

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the same date as the 2013 Fair Elections Act, as proposed in legislative bills numbers S.4705-A and A. 4980-E takes effect; provided, however candidates will be eligible to participate in the public financing system beginning with the 2014 election.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5208 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 14, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. STEWART-COUSINS -- 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 enacting the "2013 Local Fair Elections Act"; and to amend the election law, the state finance law and the tax law, in relation to providing for optional partial public financing of certain election campaigns in this state THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "2013 Local Fair Elections Act". S 2. Legislative findings and declaration. The legislature declares that it is in the public interest to create and ensure a truly democrat- ic political system in which citizens, irrespective of their income, status, or financial connections, are enabled and encouraged to compete for public office. Therefore, the legislature finds it necessary to establish a system of public financing for all qualified candidates for municipal offices. S 3. Article 14 of the election law is amended by adding a new title 3 to read as follows: TITLE III LOCAL PUBLIC FINANCING SECTION 14-300. DEFINITIONS. 14-301. OPTION TO PARTICIPATE. 14-302. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. 14-303. ELIGIBILITY. 14-304. QUALIFIED CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES. 14-306. OPTIONAL PUBLIC FINANCING. 14-308. CONTRIBUTION AND RECEIPT LIMITATIONS. 14-310. LIMITATIONS ON THE RECEIPT OF PUBLIC FUNDS. 14-312. CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD. 14-314. EXAMINATIONS AND AUDITS.
14-316. CIVIL ENFORCEMENT. 14-318. CRIMINAL PENALTIES. 14-320. REPORTS. 14-322. DEBATES. 14-324. DISTRIBUTIONS FROM CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND. S 14-300. DEFINITIONS. AS USED IN THIS TITLE, UNLESS ANOTHER MEANING IS CLEARLY INDICATED: 1. THE TERM "BOARD" OR "CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD" MEANS THE BOARD CREATED BY SECTION 14-312 OF THIS TITLE. 2. THE TERM "ELIGIBLE CANDIDATE" SHALL MEAN A CANDIDATE FOR NOMINATION OR ELECTION TO ANY MUNICIPAL OFFICE OF ANY LOCAL GOVERNMENT. 3. THE TERM "PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE" SHALL MEAN A SINGLE AUTHORIZED POLITICAL COMMITTEE WHICH A CANDIDATE CERTIFIES IS THE COMMITTEE THAT WILL SOLELY BE USED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC FINANCING SYSTEM ESTAB- LISHED BY THIS TITLE AFTER JANUARY FIRST OF THE YEAR IN WHICH THE PRIMA- RY, GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION IS HELD FOR THE PUBLIC OFFICE SOUGHT. A MULTI-CANDIDATE COMMITTEE MAY NOT BE A PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE. 4. THE TERM "PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE" SHALL MEAN A CANDIDATE WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OPTIONAL PUBLIC FINANCING SYSTEM ESTAB- LISHED BY THIS TITLE, HAS MET THE THRESHOLD FOR ELIGIBILITY AND HAS ELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC FINANCING SYSTEM. 5. THE TERM "NONPARTICIPATING CANDIDATE" SHALL MEAN A CANDIDATE FOR ANY OFFICE ELIGIBLE FOR OPTIONAL PUBLIC FINANCING UNDER THIS TITLE FOR A COVERED ELECTION WHO FAILS TO FILE A STATEMENT IN THE FORM OF AN AFFIDA- VIT PURSUANT TO SECTION 14-306 OF THIS TITLE. 6. THE TERM "MATCHABLE CONTRIBUTIONS" SHALL MEAN THAT PORTION OF THE AGGREGATE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE (A) IN THE CASE OF A PRIMARY OR GENERAL ELECTION, AFTER JANUARY FIRST OF THE YEAR IN WHICH THE PRIMARY OR GENER- AL ELECTION IS HELD FOR THE PUBLIC OFFICE SOUGHT OR (B) IN THE CASE OF A SPECIAL ELECTION, WITHIN SIX MONTHS OF SUCH ELECTION BY NATURAL PERSONS RESIDENT IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK TO A CANDIDATE FOR NOMINATION OR ELECTION TO ANY OF THE OFFICES COVERED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE WHICH DO NOT EXCEED TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS, WHICH HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN FULL BY THE CANDIDATE'S PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD, INCLUDING THE CONTRIBUTOR'S FULL NAME AND RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS. "MATCHABLE CONTRIBUTIONS" SHALL BE THE NET AMOUNT OF ANY MONE- TARY CONTRIBUTION REALIZED BY A CANDIDATE OR DESIGNATED COMMITTEE AFTER DEDUCTING THE REASONABLE VALUE OF ANY GOODS OR SERVICES PROVIDED THE CONTRIBUTOR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTRIBUTION, EXCEPT THAT CONTRIB- UTIONS FROM ANY PERSON WHO HAS RECEIVED A PAYMENT OR ANYTHING OF VALUE FROM SUCH COMMITTEE OR FROM A PERSON WHO IS AN OFFICER, DIRECTOR OR EMPLOYEE OF, OR A PERSON WHO HAS A TEN PERCENT OR GREATER OWNERSHIP INTEREST IN ANY ENTITY WHICH HAS RECEIVED SUCH A PAYMENT OR THING OF VALUE SHALL NOT BE MATCHABLE. A LOAN MAY NOT BE TREATED AS A MATCHABLE CONTRIBUTION. 7. THE TERM "QUALIFIED CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURE" SHALL MEAN AN EXPENDITURE FOR WHICH PUBLIC FUNDS MAY BE USED. 8. THE TERM "FUND" SHALL MEAN THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND CREATED BY SECTION NINETY-TWO-GG OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. 9. THE TERM "THRESHOLD FOR ELIGIBILITY" SHALL MEAN THE AMOUNT OF TOTAL MATCHABLE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THE PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE OF AN OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE CANDIDATE MUST RECEIVE, AS REQUIRED BY SECTION 14-303 OF THIS TITLE, IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR OPTIONAL PUBLIC FINANCING PURSUANT TO THIS TITLE. 10. THE TERM "CONTRIBUTION" SHALL HAVE THE SAME MEANING AS IN SUBDIVI- SION NINE OF SECTION 14-100 OF THIS ARTICLE.
11. THE TERM "ELECTOR" SHALL MEAN A REGISTERED VOTER OF THIS STATE REGISTERED TO VOTE IN THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT WHICH IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTIC- IPATE IN THE PUBLIC FINANCING SYSTEM ESTABLISHED BY THIS TITLE. S 14-301. OPTION TO PARTICIPATE. 1. ANY MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY HAVING A POPULATION OF TWO MILLION OR LESS, ACTING THROUGH ITS LOCAL LEGISLA- TIVE BODY, IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED AND EMPOWERED TO ELECT TO PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORIZED BY THIS TITLE BY ADOPTING A RESOLUTION. 2. PUBLIC REFERENDUM TO PARTICIPATE. THE ELECTORS OF ANY LOCAL GOVERN- MENT ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE UNDER SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, MAY SEEK A PUBLIC REFERENDUM TO REQUIRE ITS LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORIZED BY THIS TITLE BY FILING AN ORIGINAL PETI- TION, CONTAINING THE SIGNATURES OF AT LEAST FIVE PERCENT OF THE NUMBER OF ELECTORS IN SUCH LOCAL GOVERNMENT. SUCH PETITION AND REFERENDUM SHALL BE SUBJECT TO ALL LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS APPLICABLE TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN WHICH THE ELECTORS ARE SEEKING TO REQUIRE PARTICIPATION IN THE PUBLIC FINANCING AUTHORIZED BY THIS TITLE. S 14-302. REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. 1. EVERY PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE SHALL NOT DESIGNATE MORE THAN ONE AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE. BEFORE RECEIVING ANY CONTRIBUTION OR MAKING ANY EXPENDITURE FOR A COVERED ELECTION, EACH PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE SHALL NOTIFY THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD AS TO THE EXISTENCE OF HIS OR HER AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE THAT HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AND APPROVED BY SUCH CANDIDATE. EACH SUCH AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE SHALL, BEFORE OPENING A COMMITTEE BANK ACCOUNT, RECEIVING ANY CONTRIBUTION OR MAKING ANY EXPENDITURE FOR A COVERED ELECTION: (A) DESIGNATE A TREASURER; AND (B) OBTAIN A TAX IDENTIFICATION NUMBER FROM THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE. 2. DISCLOSURE. (A) EVERY PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE SHALL FILE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORTS WITH THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS AS REQUIRED BY TITLE ONE OF THIS ARTICLE. COPIES OF SUCH REPORTS SHALL ALSO BE SUBMIT- TED TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD CREATED PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE AT THE SAME TIME SUCH REPORTS ARE FILED WITH THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS. (B) THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL REVIEW EACH DISCLOSURE REPORT FILED WITH THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS PURSUANT TO TITLE ONE OF THIS ARTICLE AND SHALL INFORM PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES AND POLITICAL COMMIT- TEES INCLUDING THE AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE, OF RELEVANT QUESTIONS THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD HAS CONCERNING: (I) COMPLIANCE WITH REQUIREMENTS OF THIS TITLE AND OF THE RULES ISSUED BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD; AND (II) QUALIFICATION FOR RECEIVING PUBLIC MATCHING FUNDS PURSUANT TO THIS TITLE. IN THE COURSE OF SUCH REVIEW, THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL GIVE CANDIDATES AND POLITICAL COMMITTEES INCLUDING THE AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE, AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND TO AND CORRECT POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS AND GIVE CANDIDATES AN OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS QUESTIONS THE BOARD HAS CONCERNING THEIR MATCHABLE CONTRIBUTION CLAIMS OR OTHER ISSUES CONCERN- ING ELIGIBILITY FOR RECEIVING PUBLIC MATCHING FUNDS PURSUANT TO THIS TITLE. NOTHING IN THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL PRECLUDE THE BOARD FROM SUBSE- QUENTLY REVIEWING SUCH A DISCLOSURE REPORT AND TAKING ANY ACTION OTHER- WISE AUTHORIZED BY THIS TITLE. (C) ONLY ITEMIZED CONTRIBUTIONS CONTAINED IN REPORTS FILED WITH THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL BE ELIGIBLE FOR MATCHING FUNDS PURSUANT TO THIS TITLE. S 14-303. ELIGIBILITY. 1. TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR OPTIONAL PUBLIC FINANCING UNDER THIS TITLE, A CANDIDATE FOR NOMINATION OR ELECTION MUST: (A) MEET ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS CHAPTER AND OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW TO HAVE HIS OR HER NAME ON THE BALLOT;
(B) BE A CANDIDATE FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICE AT A PRIMARY, GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION AND MEET THE THRESHOLD FOR ELIGIBILITY SET FORTH IN SUBDIVISION TWO OF THIS SECTION; (C) ELECT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC FINANCING SYSTEM ESTABLISHED BY THIS TITLE NOT LATER THAN SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LAST DAY TO FILE DESIG- NATING PETITIONS FOR THE OFFICE SUCH CANDIDATE IS SEEKING OR, IN THE CASE OF A SPECIAL ELECTION, NOT LATER THAN THE LAST DAY TO FILE NOMINAT- ING CERTIFICATES FOR SUCH OFFICE; (D) AGREE TO OBTAIN AND FURNISH TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD ANY EVIDENCE IT MAY REASONABLY REQUEST RELATING TO HIS OR HER CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES OR CONTRIBUTIONS AND FURNISH SUCH OTHER PROOF OF COMPLIANCE WITH THIS TITLE AS MAY BE REQUESTED BY THE BOARD; (E) HAVE A SINGLE AUTHORIZED POLITICAL COMMITTEE WHICH HE OR SHE CERTIFIES AS THE PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS TITLE; AND (F) AGREE TO IDENTIFY ACCURATELY IN ALL CAMPAIGN MATERIALS THE PERSON OR ENTITY THAT PAID FOR SUCH CAMPAIGN MATERIAL. 2. THE THRESHOLD FOR ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC FUNDING FOR CANDIDATES IN A PRIMARY, GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION FOR COUNTY AND MUNICIPAL OFFICES SHALL BE AS FOLLOWS: (A) IN A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPULATION BETWEEN TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND AND UP TO AND INCLUDING TWO MILLION IN A PRIMARY OR GENERAL ELECTION. NOT LESS THAN TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM AT LEAST TWO THOUSAND MATCHABLE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE UP OF SUMS OF UP TO TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS PER INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR WHO RESIDES IN NEW YORK STATE. (B) IN A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPULATION BETWEEN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND AND UP TO AND INCLUDING TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND IN A PRIMARY, GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION. NOT LESS THAN TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM AT LEAST TWO HUNDRED MATCHABLE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE UP OF SUMS OF UP TO TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS PER INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR WHO RESIDES IN NEW YORK STATE INCLUDING AT LEAST TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-FIVE INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTORS WHO RESIDE IN THE SENATE DISTRICT IN WHICH THE SEAT IS TO BE FILLED. (C) IN A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPULATION BETWEEN TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND AND UP TO AND INCLUDING ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND IN A PRIMA- RY, GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION. NOT LESS THAN TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM AT LEAST ONE HUNDRED MATCHABLE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE UP OF SUMS OF UP TO TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS PER INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR WHO RESIDES IN NEW YORK STATE INCLUDING AT LEAST FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM AT LEAST FIFTY INDIVIDUALS WHO RESIDE IN THE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT IN WHICH THE SEAT IS TO BE FILLED. (D) IN A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPULATION LESS THAN TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND IN A PRIMARY, GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION. NOT LESS THAN FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM AT LEAST FIFTY INDIVIDUALS WHO RESIDE IN THE COUNTY IN WHICH THE SEAT IS TO BE FILLED. 3. IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE PUBLIC FUNDS IN A PRIMARY ELECTION A CANDIDATE MUST AGREE, THAT IN THE EVENT SUCH CANDIDATE IS A CANDIDATE FOR SUCH OFFICE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION IN SUCH YEAR, THAT SUCH CANDIDATE WILL BE BOUND BY THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE PUBLIC FUNDS RECEIPT LIMITS OF THIS TITLE. 4. CANDIDATES WHO ARE CONTESTED IN A PRIMARY ELECTION AND WHO DO NOT SEEK PUBLIC FUNDS SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR PUBLIC FUNDS FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION IN THAT YEAR. 5. CANDIDATES WHO ARE UNOPPOSED IN A GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE PUBLIC FUNDS.
6. NO CANDIDATE FOR ELECTION TO AN OFFICE IN A PRIMARY, GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION WHO HAS ELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC FINANCING SYSTEM SHALL BE DEEMED OPPOSED AND RECEIVE PUBLIC FUNDS UNLESS THERE IS AT LEAST ONE OTHER CANDIDATE FOR SUCH OFFICE IN SUCH ELECTION AND SUCH OTHER CANDIDATE RAISES AT LEAST TEN PERCENT OF THE PARTICIPATING CANDI- DATE'S PRIMARY RECEIPT LIMIT. S 14-304. QUALIFIED CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES. 1. PUBLIC FUNDS PROVIDED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE MAY ONLY BE USED FOR EXPENDITURES BY THE PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE AUTHORIZED BY THE CANDIDATE TO MAKE EXPENDI- TURES ON SUCH CANDIDATE'S BEHALF, TO FURTHER THE CANDIDATE'S NOMINATION OR ELECTION AFTER JANUARY FIRST OF THE YEAR IN WHICH THE PRIMARY OR GENERAL ELECTION IS HELD FOR THE OFFICE SOUGHT, FOR SERVICES, MATERIALS, FACILITIES OR OTHER THINGS OF VALUE USED DURING THAT CAMPAIGN CYCLE OR, IN THE CASE OF A SPECIAL ELECTION, FOR EXPENDITURES DURING THE PERIOD COMMENCING THREE MONTHS BEFORE AND ENDING ONE MONTH AFTER SUCH SPECIAL ELECTION. 2. SUCH PUBLIC FUNDS MAY NOT BE USED FOR: (A) AN EXPENDITURE IN VIOLATION OF ANY LAW OF THE UNITED STATES OR OF THIS STATE; (B) PAYMENTS OR ANYTHING OF VALUE GIVEN OR MADE TO THE CANDIDATE, A RELATIVE OF THE CANDIDATE, OR TO A BUSINESS ENTITY IN WHICH ANY SUCH PERSON HAS A TEN PERCENT OR GREATER OWNERSHIP INTEREST OR OF WHICH ANY SUCH PERSON IS AN OFFICER, DIRECTOR OR EMPLOYEE; (C) PAYMENT IN EXCESS OF THE FAIR MARKET VALUE OF SERVICES, MATERIALS, FACILITIES OR OTHER THINGS OF VALUE RECEIVED IN EXCHANGE; (D) ANY EXPENDITURE MADE AFTER THE PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE, OR THE ONLY REMAINING OPPONENT OF SUCH CANDIDATE, HAS BEEN DISQUALIFIED OR HAD SUCH CANDIDATE'S PETITIONS DECLARED INVALID BY A BOARD OF ELECTIONS OR A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION UNTIL AND UNLESS SUCH FINDING IS REVERSED BY A HIGHER AUTHORITY. (E) ANY EXPENDITURE MADE TO CHALLENGE THE VALIDITY OF ANY PETITION OF DESIGNATION OR NOMINATION OR ANY CERTIFICATE OF NOMINATION, ACCEPTANCE, AUTHORIZATION, DECLINATION OR SUBSTITUTION; (F) EXPENDITURE FOR NONCAMPAIGN RELATED FOOD, DRINK OR ENTERTAINMENT; AND (G) GIFTS. S 14-306. OPTIONAL PUBLIC FINANCING. 1. PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES FOR NOMINATION OR ELECTION IN PRIMARY, GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS MAY OBTAIN PAYMENT TO A PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE FROM PUBLIC FUNDS FOR QUALI- FIED CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES. NO SUCH PUBLIC FUNDS SHALL BE PAID TO A PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE UNTIL THE CANDIDATE HAS QUALIFIED TO APPEAR ON THE BALLOT AND FILED A SWORN STATEMENT WITH THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD ELECTING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OPTIONAL PUBLIC FINANCING SYSTEM AND AGREEING TO ABIDE BY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS TITLE. PAYMENTS SHALL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNTS SPECIFIED IN THIS TITLE, AND SHALL BE MADE ONLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE. SUCH PAYMENTS MAY ONLY BE MADE TO A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE'S PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE. NO PUBLIC FUNDS SHALL BE USED EXCEPT AS REIMBURSEMENT OR PAYMENT FOR QUALIFIED CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES ACTUALLY AND LAWFULLY INCURRED OR TO REPAY LOANS USED TO PAY QUALIFIED CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES. 2. THE PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE OF EACH PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE SHALL BE ENTITLED TO SIX DOLLARS IN PUBLIC FUNDS FOR EACH ONE DOLLAR OF MATCH- ABLE CONTRIBUTIONS OBTAINED AND REPORTED TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, SUCH PUBLIC FUNDS SHALL ONLY BE USED FOR QUALIFIED CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES.
3. (A) NO PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE FOR NOMINATION FOR AN OFFICE WHO IS UNOPPOSED IN A PRIMARY ELECTION SHALL BE ENTITLED TO PAYMENT FROM THE FUND FOR QUALIFIED CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES. (B) WHERE THERE IS A CONTEST IN SUCH PRIMARY FOR THE NOMINATION OF AT LEAST ONE OTHER PARTY FOR SUCH OFFICE, THE PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE OF AN UNOPPOSED PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE FOR NOMINATION MAY RAISE AND SPEND AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO ONE-HALF THE PUBLIC FUNDS RECEIPT LIMIT FOR SUCH OFFICE, AS FIXED BY THIS TITLE FOR CANDIDATES WHO HAVE ELECTED TO ACCEPT PUBLIC FUNDS, WITH CONTRIBUTIONS OF UP TO TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS PER CONTRIBUTOR. SUCH PAYMENT CAN ONLY BE EXPENDED FOR PROPERTY, SERVICES OR FACILITIES USED ON OR BEFORE THE DATE OF SUCH PRIMARY ELECTION. 4. THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL PROMPTLY EXAMINE ALL REPORTS OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO DETERMINE WHETHER, ON THEIR FACE, THEY MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR MATCHABLE CONTRIBUTIONS, AND SHALL KEEP A RECORD OF SUCH CONTRIBUTIONS. 5. THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL PROMULGATE REGULATIONS FOR THE CERTIFICATION OF THE AMOUNT OF FUNDS PAYABLE BY THE COMPTROLLER, FROM THE FUND ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO SECTION NINETY-TWO-GG OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW, TO A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE THAT HAS QUALIFIED TO RECEIVE SUCH PAYMENT. THESE REGULATIONS SHALL INCLUDE THE PROMULGATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF FORMS ON WHICH CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES ARE TO BE REPORTED, THE PERIODS DURING WHICH SUCH REPORTS MUST BE FILED AND THE VERIFICATION REQUIRED. THE BOARD SHALL INSTITUTE PROCEDURES WHICH WILL MAKE POSSIBLE PAYMENT BY THE FUND WITHIN TWO BUSINESS DAYS AFTER RECEIPT OF THE REQUIRED FORMS AND VERIFICATIONS. S 14-308. CONTRIBUTION AND RECEIPT LIMITATIONS. 1. IN ANY PRIMARY, SPECIAL OR GENERAL ELECTION FOR ANY MUNICIPAL OFFICE NO CONTRIBUTOR MAY MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO ANY PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE OR SUCH PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE'S COMMITTEE, AND NO PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE OR PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE MAY ACCEPT ANY CONTRIBUTION FROM ANY CONTRIBUTOR WHICH, IN THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT, IS GREATER THAN TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS. 2. (A) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PUBLIC FUNDS RECEIPT LIMIT FOR SUCH OFFICE AS FIXED BY THIS TITLE FOR CANDIDATES WHO HAVE ELECTED TO ACCEPT PUBLIC FUNDS, A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICE IN A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPULATION BETWEEN TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND AND UP TO AND INCLUDING TWO MILLION IN A PRIMARY OR GENERAL ELECTION OR SUCH CANDIDATE'S PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE MAY ACCEPT FROM ITS LOCAL COMMITTEE WHICH HAS NOMINATED SUCH CANDIDATE SERVICES IN AN AMOUNT WHICH, IN THE AGGREGATE, DOES NOT EXCEED ONE MILLION DOLLARS; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF SUCH AMOUNT MAY BE ACCEPTED IN THE FORM OF A TRANSFER. (B) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PUBLIC FUNDS RECEIPT LIMIT FOR SUCH OFFICE AS FIXED BY THIS TITLE FOR CANDIDATES WHO HAVE ELECTED TO ACCEPT PUBLIC FUNDS, A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICE IN A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPULATION BETWEEN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND AND UP TO AND INCLUDING TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND IN A PRIMARY, GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION OR SUCH CANDIDATE'S PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE MAY ACCEPT FROM ITS LOCAL COMMITTEE WHICH HAS NOMINATED SUCH CANDIDATE SERVICES IN AN AMOUNT WHICH, IN THE AGGREGATE, DOES NOT EXCEED ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF SUCH AMOUNT MAY BE ACCEPTED IN THE FORM OF A TRANSFER. (C) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PUBLIC FUNDS RECEIPT LIMIT FOR SUCH OFFICE AS FIXED BY THIS TITLE FOR CANDIDATES WHO HAVE ELECTED TO ACCEPT PUBLIC FUNDS, A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICE IN A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPULATION BETWEEN TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND AND UP TO AND INCLUDING ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND IN A PRIMARY, GENERAL OR SPECIAL
ELECTION OR SUCH CANDIDATE'S PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE MAY ACCEPT FROM A LOCAL PARTY COMMITTEE WHICH HAS NOMINATED SUCH CANDIDATE SERVICES IN AN AMOUNT WHICH, IN THE AGGREGATE, DOES NOT EXCEED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF SUCH AMOUNT MAY BE ACCEPTED IN THE FORM OF A TRANSFER. (D) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PUBLIC FUNDS RECEIPT LIMIT FOR SUCH OFFICE AS FIXED BY THIS TITLE FOR CANDIDATES WHO HAVE ELECTED TO ACCEPT PUBLIC FUNDS, A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICE IN A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPULATION OF TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND OR LESS IN A PRIMA- RY, SPECIAL OR GENERAL ELECTION OR SUCH CANDIDATE'S PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE MAY ACCEPT FROM ITS LOCAL COMMITTEE WHICH HAS NOMINATED SUCH CANDIDATE SERVICES IN AN AMOUNT WHICH, IN THE AGGREGATE, DOES NOT EXCEED TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF SUCH AMOUNT MAY BE ACCEPTED IN THE FORM OF A TRANSFER. (E) FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, THE TERM LOCAL PARTY COMMITTEE INCLUDES ANY OF ITS SUBCOMMITTEES. 3. IN COMPUTING THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT EXPENDED FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, EXPENDITURES MADE BY A COUNTY COMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF MORE THAN ONE CANDIDATE SHALL BE ALLOCATED AMONG SUCH CANDIDATES SUPPORTED BY THE COMMITTEE IN ACCORDANCE WITH FORMULAS PROMULGATED BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD OR, IN THE ABSENCE OF SUCH OFFICIAL FORMULAS, IN ACCORD- ANCE WITH A FORMULA BASED UPON REASONABLE STANDARDS. THE STATEMENTS FILED BY SUCH CONSTITUTED COMMITTEE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS CHAPTER SHALL SET FORTH, IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER INFORMATION REQUIRED, THE TOTAL AMOUNT EXPENDED BY THE PARTY COMMITTEE ON BEHALF OF ALL SUCH CANDIDATES AND THE AMOUNT ALLOCATED TO EACH CANDIDATE BY DOLLAR AMOUNT AND PERCENTAGE. EXPENDITURES BY A PARTY FOR ACTIVITIES WHICH DO NOT SUPPORT OR OPPOSE THE ELECTION OF ANY CANDIDATE OR CANDIDATES BY NAME OR BY CLEAR INFERENCE SHALL NOT BE REGARDED AS EXPENDITURES ON BEHALF OF OR IN OPPOSITION TO A CANDIDATE. 4. A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE FOR A PUBLIC OFFICE FOR WHICH PUBLIC FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE PURSUANT TO THIS TITLE SHALL NOT ACCEPT ANY CONTRIB- UTIONS ANY EARLIER THAN ONE DAY AFTER THE PREVIOUS GENERAL ELECTION FOR THE OFFICE WHICH SUCH CANDIDATE IS SEEKING, OR ANY LATER THAN THE DAY OF THE GENERAL ELECTION FOR THE OFFICE SOUGHT, EXCEPT THAT A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE OR PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE WHICH HAS A DEFICIT ON THE DAY OF THE GENERAL ELECTION MAY, AFTER SUCH DATE, ACCEPT CONTRIBUTIONS WHICH DO NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF SUCH DEFICIT AND THE EXPENSES INCURRED IN RAIS- ING SUCH CONTRIBUTIONS OR THE EXPENDITURE LIMIT FOR SUCH OFFICE AS FIXED BY THIS TITLE FOR CANDIDATES WHO HAVE ELECTED TO ACCEPT PUBLIC FUNDS. CONTRIBUTIONS TO A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE OR PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE WHICH WERE RECEIVED BEFORE THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS TITLE MAY NOT BE EXPENDED IN ANY ELECTION FOR ANY SUCH OFFICE. 5. EXCEPT FOR THE LIMITATIONS SPECIFICALLY SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION, PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE. S 14-310. LIMITATIONS ON THE RECEIPT OF PUBLIC FUNDS. THE FOLLOWING LIMITATIONS APPLY TO THE RECEIPT OF PUBLIC FUNDS BY PARTICIPATING CANDI- DATES AND THEIR PARTICIPATING COMMITTEES RECEIVING SUCH PUBLIC FUNDS PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE: 1. IN ANY PRIMARY ELECTION, RECEIPT OF PUBLIC FUNDS BY PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES AND BY THEIR PARTICIPATING COMMITTEES SHALL NOT EXCEED: (A) FOR CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE IN A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPU- LATION BETWEEN TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND AND UP TO AND INCLUDING TWO MILLION, THE SUM OF SIX MILLION DOLLARS;
(B) FOR CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE IN A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPU- LATION BETWEEN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND AND UP TO AND INCLUDING TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND, THE SUM OF THREE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS; (C) FOR CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE IN A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPU- LATION BETWEEN TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND AND UP TO AND INCLUDING ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND, THE SUM OF ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. (D) FOR CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE IN A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPU- LATION OF TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND OR LESS, THE SUM OF SEVENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. 2. IN ANY GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION, RECEIPT OF PUBLIC FUNDS BY PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICES AND BY THEIR PARTIC- IPATING COMMITTEES SHALL NOT EXCEED THE FOLLOWING AMOUNTS: CANDIDATES FOR ELECTION TO OFFICE IN: A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPULATION BETWEEN TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND AND UP TO AND INCLUDING TWO MILLION $8,000,000 A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPULATION BETWEEN ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND AND UP TO AND INCLUDING TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND $350,000 A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPULATION BETWEEN TWENTY-FIVE THOU- SAND AND UP TO AND INCLUDING ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND $150,000 A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY WITH A POPULATION OF TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND OR LESS $75,000 3. PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE WHO ARE UNOPPOSED IN THE PRIMA- RY ELECTION MAY RECEIVE PUBLIC FUNDS BEFORE THE PRIMARY ELECTION, FOR SERVICES, MATERIALS OR FACILITIES USED ON OR BEFORE THE DATE OF SUCH PRIMARY ELECTION, AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO HALF THE SUM SUCH CANDIDATES WOULD BE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE IF THEIR NOMINATION WAS CONTESTED IN SUCH PRIMARY ELECTION PROVIDED THERE IS A PRIMARY CONTEST FOR THE NOMINATION OF AT LEAST ONE OTHER PARTY FOR SUCH OFFICE. 4. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF PRIVATE FUNDS A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE MAY RECEIVE SUBJECT TO THE CONTRIBUTION LIMITS CONTAINED IN SECTION 14-308 OF THIS TITLE. S 14-312. CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD. 1. THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL ADMINISTER THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE AND SECTION NINETY-TWO-GG OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. 2. IN ADDITION TO THE ENFORCEMENT POWERS, AND ANY OTHER POWERS AND DUTIES SPECIFIED BY LAW, THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL: (A)(I) RENDER ADVISORY OPINIONS WITH RESPECT TO QUESTIONS ARISING UNDER THIS TITLE UPON THE WRITTEN REQUEST OF A CANDIDATE, AN OFFICER OF A POLITICAL COMMITTEE OR MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, OR UPON ITS OWN INITI- ATIVE; (II) PROMULGATE RULES REGARDING REASONABLE TIMES TO RESPOND TO SUCH REQUESTS; AND (III) MAKE PUBLIC THE QUESTIONS OF INTERPRETATION FOR WHICH ADVISORY OPINIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD AND ITS ADVISORY OPINIONS, INCLUDING BY PUBLICATION ON ITS WEBSITE; (B) DEVELOP A PROGRAM FOR INFORMING AND TRAINING CANDIDATES AND THE PUBLIC AS TO THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE, INCLUDING BY MEANS OF A WEBSITE; (C) HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PROMULGATE SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS AND PRESCRIBE SUCH FORMS AS THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD DEEMS NECESSARY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THIS TITLE; AND (D) IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS DEVELOP AN INTER- ACTIVE, SEARCHABLE COMPUTER DATABASE THAT SHALL CONTAIN ALL INFORMATION NECESSARY FOR THE PROPER ADMINISTRATION OF THIS TITLE INCLUDING INFORMA- TION ON CONTRIBUTIONS TO AND EXPENDITURES BY CANDIDATES AND THEIR AUTHORIZED COMMITTEES AND DISTRIBUTIONS OF MONEYS FROM THE FUND AND
SHALL BE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC ON THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS' WEBSITE. 3. THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD MAY TAKE SUCH OTHER ACTIONS AS ARE NECESSARY AND PROPER TO CARRY OUT THE PURPOSES OF THIS TITLE. S 14-314. EXAMINATIONS AND AUDITS. 1. THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL CONDUCT A THOROUGH EXAMINATION AND AUDIT OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS AND QUALI- FIED CAMPAIGN EXPENSES OF THE PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE OF EVERY PARTIC- IPATING CANDIDATE WHO RECEIVED PAYMENTS PURSUANT TO SECTION 14-306 OF THIS TITLE. SUCH AUDITS SHALL BE CONDUCTED AS FREQUENTLY AS THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD DEEMS NECESSARY TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THIS TITLE. EVERY CANDIDATE WHO RECEIVES PUBLIC MATCHING FUNDS UNDER THIS TITLE SHALL ALSO BE AUDITED BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD POST-ELECTION. THE COST OF COMPLYING WITH A POST-ELECTION AUDIT SHALL BE BORNE BY THE CANDIDATE'S AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE. A CANDIDATE WHO HAS RECEIVED PUBLIC MATCHING FUNDS UNDER THIS TITLE MUST MAINTAIN A RESERVE OF AT LEAST ONE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MATCHING FUNDS RECEIVED BY SUCH CANDIDATE IN HIS OR HER CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT TO COMPLY WITH THE POST-ELECTION AUDIT. A CANDIDATE WHO RUNS IN BOTH A PRIMARY AND A GENERAL ELECTION, MUST MAIN- TAIN A RESERVE OF ONE PERCENT OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF PUBLIC MATCHING FUNDS RECEIVED BY SUCH CANDIDATE FOR BOTH HIS OR HER PRIMARY AND GENERAL ELECTION. A CANDIDATE MAY USE PUBLIC MATCHING FUNDS, PRIVATE FUNDS OR A COMBINATION OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FUNDS TO COMPLY WITH A POST-ELECTION AUDIT. THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL ISSUE TO EACH CAMPAIGN AUDITED THE FINAL POST-ELECTION AUDIT REPORT THAT DETAILS ITS FINDINGS AND SHALL PROVIDE SUCH AUDIT TO THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS AND MAKE SUCH AUDIT REPORT AVAILABLE ON THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS' WEBSITE. 2. (A) IF THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD DETERMINES THAT ANY PORTION OF THE PAYMENT MADE TO A PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE FROM THE FUND WAS IN EXCESS OF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT OF PAYMENTS TO WHICH SUCH ELIGIBLE CANDI- DATE WAS ENTITLED PURSUANT TO SECTION 14-306 OF THIS TITLE, IT SHALL NOTIFY SUCH COMMITTEE OF THE EXCESS AMOUNT AND SUCH COMMITTEE SHALL PAY TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE AMOUNT OF EXCESS PAYMENTS; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT IF THE ERRONEOUS PAYMENT WAS DUE TO AN ERROR MADE BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD, THEN THE ERRONEOUS PAYMENT WILL BE OFFSET AGAINST ANY FUTURE PAYMENT, IF ANY. THE PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE AND HIS OR HER PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE SHALL BE JOINTLY AND SEVERALLY LIABLE FOR ANY REPAYMENTS DUE TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD FOR DEPOSIT BY SUCH BOARD INTO THE NEW YORK STATE CAMPAIGN FUND. (B) IF THE BOARD DETERMINES THAT ANY AMOUNT OF PAYMENT MADE TO A PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE FROM THE FUND WAS USED FOR PURPOSES OTHER THAN TO DEFRAY QUALIFIED CAMPAIGN EXPENSES, IT SHALL NOTIFY SUCH PARTICIPAT- ING COMMITTEE OF THE AMOUNT DISQUALIFIED AND SUCH PARTICIPATING COMMIT- TEE SHALL PAY TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO SUCH DISQUALIFIED AMOUNT. SUCH MONIES SHALL BE DEPOSITED INTO THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND CREATED PURSUANT TO SECTION NINETY-TWO-GG OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. THE CANDIDATE AND THE CANDIDATE'S AUTHORIZED COMMIT- TEE SHALL BE JOINTLY AND SEVERALLY LIABLE FOR ANY REPAYMENTS DUE TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD. (C) IF THE TOTAL OF CONTRIBUTIONS AND PAYMENTS FROM THE FUND RECEIVED BY ANY PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE AND SUCH CANDIDATE'S PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE, EXCEEDS THE PUBLIC FUNDING RECEIPT LIMITATION OF SUCH CANDI- DATE AND COMMITTEE, SUCH CANDIDATE AND COMMITTEE SHALL USE SUCH EXCESS FUNDS TO REIMBURSE THE FUND FOR PAYMENTS RECEIVED BY SUCH COMMITTEE FROM THE FUND NOT LATER THAN TEN DAYS AFTER ALL PERMISSIBLE LIABILITIES HAVE BEEN PAID AND IN ANY EVENT, NOT LATER THAN TWENTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE ON WHICH THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD ISSUES ITS FINAL AUDIT REPORT FOR THE
PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE'S COMMITTEE; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ALL UNSPENT MATCHING FUNDS FOR A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE SHALL BE IMMEDIATELY DUE AND PAYABLE TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD FOR DEPOSIT INTO THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND UPON ITS DETERMINATION THAT THE PARTICIPANT WILL- FULLY DELAYED THE POST-ELECTION AUDIT PROCESS. A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE MAY MAKE POST-ELECTION EXPENDITURES ONLY FOR ROUTINE ACTIVITIES INVOLV- ING NOMINAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENDING A CAMPAIGN AND RESPONDING TO THE POST-ELECTION AUDIT. 3. IF A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION DISQUALIFIES A CANDIDATE WHOSE PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE HAS RECEIVED PUBLIC FUNDS ON THE GROUNDS THAT SUCH CANDIDATE COMMITTED FRAUDULENT ACTS IN ORDER TO OBTAIN A PLACE ON THE BALLOT AND SUCH DECISION IS NOT REVERSED BY A HIGHER COURT, SUCH CANDIDATE AND SUCH CANDIDATE'S PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE SHALL PAY TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE TOTAL OF PUBLIC FUNDS RECEIVED BY SUCH PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE. 4. THE BOARD MUST PROVIDE WRITTEN NOTICE OF ALL PAYMENTS DUE FROM A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE OR SUCH CANDIDATE'S COMMITTEE TO THE BOARD AND PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CANDIDATE OR COMMITTEE TO REBUT, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, THE ALLEGED AMOUNT DUE. UPON A FINAL WRITTEN DETERMINATION BY THE BOARD, THE AMOUNT DUE SHALL BE PAID TO THE BOARD WITHIN THIRTY DAYS OF SUCH DETERMINATION. 5. ALL PAYMENTS RECEIVED BY THE BOARD PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEPOSITED IN THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND ESTABLISHED BY SECTION NINETY-TWO-GG OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. S 14-316. CIVIL ENFORCEMENT. 1. ANY PERSON OR AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE WHO KNOWINGLY AND WILFULLY FAILS TO MAKE A FILING REQUIRED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL PENALTY NOT TO EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS. 2. ANY PERSON OR AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE WHO KNOWINGLY AND INTENTIONALLY VIOLATES ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS TITLE OR ANY RULE PROMULGATED HERE- UNDER SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL PENALTY NOT TO EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. 3. FINES AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS SECTION WILL BE IMPOSED BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD AFTER A HEARING AT WHICH THE SUBJECT PERSON OR AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. SUCH HEARING SHALL BE HELD IN SUCH MANNER AND UPON SUCH NOTICE AS MAY BE PRESCRIBED BY THE RULES OF THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD. FOR PURPOSES OF CONDUCTING SUCH HEARINGS, THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE AN AGENCY WITHIN THE MEANING OF ARTICLE THREE OF THE STATE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCE- DURE ACT AND SHALL ADOPT RULES GOVERNING THE CONDUCT OF ADJUDICATORY PROCEEDINGS AND APPEALS TAKEN PURSUANT TO A PROCEEDING COMMENCED UNDER ARTICLE SEVENTY-EIGHT OF THE CIVIL PRACTICE LAW AND RULES RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENT OF THE CIVIL PENALTIES HEREIN AUTHORIZED. 4. THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL PUBLISH ON THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS' WEBSITE THE FINAL ORDER ADJUDICATING ANY MATTER BROUGHT PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION. 5. ALL PAYMENTS RECEIVED BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEPOSITED IN THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND ESTABLISHED BY SECTION NINETY-TWO-GG OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. S 14-318. CRIMINAL PENALTIES. 1. ANY PERSON WHO KNOWINGLY AND WILLFUL- LY FAILS TO MAKE A FILING REQUIRED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE WITH- IN TEN DAYS AFTER THE DATE PROVIDED FOR SUCH, OR ANYONE THAT KNOWINGLY AND WILLFULLY VIOLATES ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS TITLE SHALL BE GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR AND, IN ADDITION TO SUCH OTHER PENALTIES AS MAY BE PROVIDED BY LAW, SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A FINE NOT TO EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS.
2. ANY PERSON WHO KNOWINGLY AND WILLFULLY CONTRIBUTES, ACCEPTS OR AIDS OR PARTICIPATES IN THE CONTRIBUTION OR ACCEPTANCE OF A CONTRIBUTION IN AN AMOUNT EXCEEDING AN APPLICABLE MAXIMUM SPECIFIED IN THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR AND SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A FINE NOT TO EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. 3. ANY PERSON WHO KNOWINGLY AND WILLFULLY MAKES A FALSE STATEMENT OR KNOWINGLY OMITS A MATERIAL FACT TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD OR AN AUDITOR DESIGNATED BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD DURING ANY AUDIT CONDUCTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 14-314 OF THIS TITLE SHALL BE GUILTY OF A CLASS E FELONY. 4. IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER SENTENCE LAWFULLY IMPOSED UPON A FINDING OF GUILT IN A CRIMINAL PROSECUTION COMMENCED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION, THE COURT MAY ORDER A DEFENDANT TO REPAY TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD ANY PUBLIC MATCHING FUNDS OBTAINED AS A RESULT OF ANY CRIMINAL CONDUCT. 5. ALL SUCH PROSECUTIONS FOR CRIMINAL ACTS UNDER THIS TITLE SHALL BE PROSECUTED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. 6. ANY AND ALL FINES IMPOSED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE MADE PAYABLE TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD FOR DEPOSIT INTO THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND. S 14-320. REPORTS. THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN, AND EVERY FOUR YEARS THEREAFTER, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE: 1. A LIST OF THE PARTICIPATING AND NONPARTICIPATING CANDIDATES IN COVERED ELECTIONS AND THE VOTES RECEIVED BY EACH CANDIDATE IN THOSE ELECTIONS; 2. THE AMOUNT OF CONTRIBUTIONS AND LOANS RECEIVED, AND EXPENDITURES MADE, ON BEHALF OF PARTICIPATING AND NONPARTICIPATING CANDIDATES; 3. THE AMOUNT OF PUBLIC MATCHING FUNDS EACH PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE RECEIVED, SPENT, AND REPAID PURSUANT TO THIS ARTICLE; 4. ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECT OF THIS TITLE ON THE ELECTION CAMPAIGNS FOR ALL OFFICES COVERED UNDER SECTION 14-303 OF THIS TITLE, INCLUDING ITS EFFECT ON THE SOURCES AND AMOUNTS OF PRIVATE FINANCING, THE LEVEL OF CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES, VOTER PARTICIPATION, THE NUMBER OF CANDIDATES, THE CANDIDATES' ABILITIES TO CAMPAIGN EFFECTIVELY FOR PUBLIC OFFICE, AND THE DIVERSITY OF CANDIDATES SEEKING AND ELECTED TO OFFICE; 5. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGES OR AMENDMENTS TO THIS TITLE, INCLUDING CHARGES IN CONTRIBUTION LIMITS, THRESHOLDS FOR ELIGIBILITY AND LIMITS ON TOTAL MATCHING FUNDS; AND 6. ANY OTHER INFORMATION THAT THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD DEEMS RELE- VANT. S 14-322. DEBATES. THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL PROMULGATE REGU- LATIONS TO FACILITATE DEBATES AMONG PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES. PARTIC- IPATING CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN AT LEAST ONE DEBATE BEFORE THE PRIMARY ELECTION AND IN AT LEAST ONE DEBATE BEFORE THE GENER- AL ELECTION FOR WHICH THE CANDIDATE RECEIVES PUBLIC FUNDS, UNLESS THE PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE IS RUNNING UNOPPOSED. A NONPARTICIPATING CANDI- DATE MAY BE A PARTY TO SUCH DEBATES. S 14-324. DISTRIBUTIONS FROM CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND. 1. THIS SECTION GOVERNS THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD'S DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS FROM THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND CREATED BY SECTION NINETY-TWO-GG OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW, EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN THIS TITLE. 2. NO MONEYS SHALL BE PAID TO PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES IN A PRIMARY ELECTION ANY EARLIER THAN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE LAST DAY TO FILE DESIGNAT- ING PETITIONS FOR SUCH PRIMARY ELECTION.
3. NO MONEYS SHALL BE PAID TO PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES IN A GENERAL ELECTION ANY EARLIER THAN A WEEK AFTER THE PRIMARY ELECTION HELD TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES FOR SUCH ELECTION. 4. NO MONEYS SHALL BE PAID TO ANY PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE WHO HAS BEEN DISQUALIFIED BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD OR WHOSE DESIGNATING PETITIONS HAVE BEEN DECLARED INVALID BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS OR A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION UNTIL AND UNLESS SUCH FINDING IS REVERSED BY AN APPELLATE COURT. 5. NO PAYMENT FROM THE FUND IN THE POSSESSION OF SUCH A CANDIDATE OR SUCH A CANDIDATE'S AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE ON THE DATE OF SUCH DISQUALI- FICATION OR INVALIDATION MAY THEREAFTER BE EXPENDED FOR ANY PURPOSE EXCEPT THE PAYMENT OF LIABILITIES INCURRED BEFORE THAT DATE. ALL EXCESS PUBLIC MONEYS PAID TO A DISQUALIFIED CANDIDATE SHALL BE RETURNED TO THE FUND NOT LESS THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE GENERAL ELECTION FOR THOSE PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES WHO RECEIVED PUBLIC MONEYS FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION, AND OTHERWISE, NOT LESS THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE PRIMARY ELECTION FOR THOSE PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES WHO RECEIVED PUBLIC MONEYS SOLELY FOR THE PRIMARY ELECTION. 6. (A) PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES SHALL PAY TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD UNSPENT PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FUNDS FROM AN ELECTION NOT LATER THAN THIRTY DAYS AFTER ALL LIABILITIES FOR THE ELECTION HAVE BEEN PAID AND, IN ANY EVENT, NOT LESS THAN TWENTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE UPON WHICH THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD ISSUES ITS FINAL AUDIT REPORT FOR THE PARTICIPAT- ING CANDIDATE'S COMMITTEE; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT ALL UNSPENT PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FUNDS FOR A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE SHALL BE IMMEDIATELY DUE AND PAYABLE TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD UPON ITS DETERMINATION THAT THE PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE HAS, WITHOUT JUST CAUSE, DELAYED THE POST-E- LECTION AUDIT PROCESS. UNSPENT CAMPAIGN FUNDS DETERMINATIONS MADE BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL BE BASED ON THE PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE COMMITTEE'S RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES. THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD MAY ALSO CONSIDER ANY OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION REVEALED IN THE COURSE OF ITS AUDITS OR INVESTIGATIONS OR THE INVESTIGATIONS BY ANY OTHER AGENCY. (B)(I) A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE MAY NOT USE RECEIPTS FOR ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN DISBURSEMENTS IN THE PRECEDING ELECTION UNTIL ALL UNSPENT PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FUNDS HAVE BEEN REPAID. A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE SHALL HAVE THE BURDEN OF DEMONSTRATING THAT A POST-ELECTION EXPENDITURE IS FOR THE PRECEDING ELECTION. (II) BEFORE REPAYING UNSPENT PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FUNDS, A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE MAY MAKE POST-ELECTION EXPENDITURES ONLY FOR ROUTINE ACTIV- ITIES INVOLVING NOMINAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH WINDING UP A CAMPAIGN AND RESPONDING TO THE POST-ELECTION AUDIT. SUCH EXPENDITURES MAY INCLUDE: PAYMENT OF UTILITY BILLS AND RENT; REASONABLE STAFF SALARIES AND CONSULTANT FEES FOR RESPONDING TO A POST-ELECTION AUDIT; REASONABLE MOVING EXPENSES RELATED TO CLOSING A CAMPAIGN OFFICE; A HOLIDAY CARD MAILING TO CONTRIBUTORS, CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEERS, AND STAFF MEMBERS; THANK YOU NOTES FOR CONTRIBUTORS, CAMPAIGN VOLUNTEERS, AND STAFF MEMBERS; PAYMENT OF TAXES AND OTHER REASONABLE EXPENSES FOR COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE TAX LAWS; AND INTEREST EXPENSES. ROUTINE POST-ELECTION EXPENDITURES THAT MAY BE PAID FOR WITH UNSPENT CAMPAIGN FUNDS DO NOT INCLUDE SUCH ITEMS AS POST-ELECTION MAILINGS OTHER THAN AS SPECIFICALLY PROVIDED FOR IN THIS SUBPARAGRAPH; MAKING CONTRIBUTIONS; MAKING BONUS PAYMENTS OR GIFTS TO STAFF MEMBERS OR VOLUNTEERS; OR HOLDING ANY POST-E- LECTION DAY EVENT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY MEAL OR ANY PARTY. UNSPENT CAMPAIGN FUNDS MAY NOT BE USED FOR TRANSITION OR INAUGURATION ACTIVITIES.
7. ALL MONIES RECEIVED BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE DEPOSITED INTO THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND PURSUANT TO SECTION NINETY-TWO-GG OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. S 4. The election law is amended by adding a new section 16-105 to read as follows: S 16-105. PROCEEDINGS AS TO PUBLIC FINANCING. 1. THE DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY PURSUANT TO SECTION 14-303 OF THIS CHAPTER AND ANY QUESTION OR ISSUE RELATING TO PAYMENTS FOR QUALIFIED CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES PURSU- ANT TO SECTION 14-306 OF THIS CHAPTER MAY BE CONTESTED IN A PROCEEDING INSTITUTED IN THE SUPREME COURT, ALBANY COUNTY OR THE COUNTY IN WHICH THE COUNTY OR MUNICIPAL OFFICE IS LOCATED BY ANY AGGRIEVED CANDIDATE. 2. A PROCEEDING WITH RESPECT TO SUCH A DETERMINATION OF ELIGIBILITY OR PAYMENT FOR QUALIFIED CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURES PURSUANT TO SECTION 14-306 OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL BE INSTITUTED WITHIN SEVEN DAYS AFTER SUCH DETER- MINATION WAS MADE. THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD SHALL BE MADE A PARTY TO ANY SUCH PROCEEDING. 3. UPON THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD'S FAILURE TO RECEIVE THE AMOUNT DUE FROM A PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE OR SUCH CANDIDATE'S COMMITTEE AFTER THE ISSUANCE OF WRITTEN NOTICE OF SUCH AMOUNT DUE, AS REQUIRED BY SUBDIVI- SION FOUR OF SECTION 14-314 OF THIS CHAPTER, SUCH BOARD IS AUTHORIZED TO INSTITUTE A SPECIAL PROCEEDING OR CIVIL ACTION IN SUPREME COURT, ALBANY COUNTY OR THE COUNTY IN WHICH THE COUNTY OR MUNICIPAL OFFICE IS LOCATED, TO OBTAIN A JUDGMENT FOR ANY AMOUNTS DETERMINED TO BE PAYABLE TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD AS A RESULT OF AN EXAMINATION AND AUDIT MADE PURSUANT TO TITLE THREE OF ARTICLE FOURTEEN OF THIS CHAPTER. 4. THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD IS AUTHORIZED TO INSTITUTE A SPECIAL PROCEEDING OR CIVIL ACTION IN SUPREME COURT, ALBANY COUNTY OR THE COUNTY IN WHICH THE COUNTY OR MUNICIPAL OFFICE IS LOCATED, TO OBTAIN A JUDGMENT FOR CIVIL PENALTIES DETERMINED TO BE PAYABLE TO THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD PURSUANT TO SECTION 14-314 OF THIS CHAPTER. S 5. The election law is amended by adding a new section 4-121 to read as follows: S 4-121. NOTICE TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OF CANDIDATES FOR COUNTY OR MUNICIPAL OFFICE. 1. EACH COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS WITH WHICH PETITIONS ARE FILED FOR A COUNTY OR MUNICIPAL OFFICE SHALL, NOT LATER THAN THE DAY AFTER THE LAST DAY TO FILE A PETITION OR CERTIFICATE OF NOMINATION FOR A GENERAL OR SPECIAL ELECTION OR A CERTIFICATE OF ACCEPT- ANCE, DECLINATION OR SUBSTITUTION FOR GENERAL, PRIMARY OR SPECIAL ELECTION FOR ANY SUCH OFFICE, SEND TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS SUCH INFORMATION ABOUT EACH SUCH PETITION OR CERTIFICATE AS THE STATE BOARD SHALL REQUIRE. 2. IF ANY SUCH COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHOULD DISQUALIFY ANY SUCH CANDIDATE OR RULE THE PETITION OR CERTIFICATE DESIGNATING OR NOMINATING ANY SUCH CANDIDATE INVALID, IT SHALL FORTHWITH NOTIFY THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OF SUCH DECISION. 3. IF ANY SUCH COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL BE NOTIFIED OF A DECI- SION OF A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION DISQUALIFYING ANY SUCH CANDI- DATE OR DECLARING ANY SUCH PETITION INVALID OR REVERSING ANY SUCH DECI- SION BY SUCH BOARD OF ELECTIONS OR ANOTHER COURT, SUCH BOARD OF ELECTIONS SHALL FORTHWITH NOTIFY THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OF SUCH DECISION. 4. THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS MAY PRESCRIBE FORMS FOR THE NOTICES REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION AND SHALL PRESCRIBE THE MANNER IN WHICH SUCH NOTICES SHALL BE GIVEN. S 6. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 92-gg to read as follows:
S 92-GG. LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED IN THE CUSTODY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE A SPECIAL FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND. 2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF ALL REVENUES RECEIVED FROM CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND CHECK-OFF PURSUANT TO SECTION SIX HUNDRED THIRTY-D OF THE TAX LAW AND ALL OTHER MONEYS CREDITED OR TRANSFERRED THERETO FROM ANY OTHER FUND OR SOURCE PURSUANT TO LAW. NOTHING CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION SHALL PREVENT THE STATE FROM RECEIVING GRANTS, GIFTS, BEQUESTS OR VOLUN- TARY CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE FUND AS DEFINED IN THIS SECTION AND DEPOSITING THEM INTO THE FUND ACCORDING TO LAW. MONIES IN THE FUND SHALL BE KEPT SEPARATE FROM AND NOT COMMINGLED WITH OTHER FUNDS HELD IN THE CUSTODY OF THE COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE. 3. MONEYS OF THE FUND, FOLLOWING APPROPRIATION BY THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE COUNTY OR MUNICIPALITY IN WHICH THE OFFICE OF THE PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE IS LOCATED, MAY BE EXPENDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF MAKING PAYMENTS TO CANDIDATES PURSUANT TO TITLE THREE OF ARTICLE FOURTEEN OF THE ELECTION LAW. MONEYS SHALL BE PAID OUT OF THE FUND BY THE COMMIS- SIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE ON VOUCHERS CERTIFIED OR APPROVED BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO TITLE THREE OF ARTICLE FOURTEEN OF THE ELECTION LAW, OR THE DULY DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE OF SUCH BOARD, IN THE MANNER PRESCRIBED BY LAW, NOT MORE THAN ONE WORKING DAY AFTER A VOUCHER DULY CERTIFIED, APPROVED AND EXECUTED BY SUCH BOARD OR ITS REPRESENTATIVE IN THE FORM PRESCRIBED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE IS RECEIVED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF TAXATION AND FINANCE. 4. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW TO THE CONTRARY, IF, IN ANY STATE FISCAL YEAR, THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND LACKS THE AMOUNT OF MONEY TO PAY ALL CLAIMS VOUCHERED BY ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES AND CERTIFIED OR APPROVED BY THE CAMPAIGN FINANCE BOARD, ANY SUCH DEFICIENCY SHALL BE PAID, UPON AUDIT AND WARRANT OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER, FROM FUNDS OF THE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY IN WHICH THE OFFICE OF THE PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE IS LOCATED NOT MORE THAN ONE WORKING DAY AFTER SUCH VOUCHER IS RECEIVED BY THE STATE COMPTROLLER. 5. COMMENCING IN TWO THOUSAND SIXTEEN, IF THE SURPLUS IN THE FUND ON APRIL FIRST OF THE YEAR AFTER AN ELECTION CYCLE EXCEEDS TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE DISBURSEMENTS FROM THE FUND OVER THE PREVIOUS FOUR YEARS, THE EXCESS SHALL REVERT TO THE LOCAL MUNICIPALITY FOR WHICH THE SURPLUS FUNDS EXIST. 6. NO PUBLIC FUNDS SHALL BE PAID TO ANY PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES IN A PRIMARY ELECTION ANY EARLIER THAN THE DAY THAT SUCH CANDIDATE IS CERTI- FIED AS BEING ON THE BALLOT FOR SUCH PRIMARY ELECTION. 7. NO PUBLIC FUNDS SHALL BE PAID TO ANY PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES IN A GENERAL ELECTION ANY EARLIER THAN THE DAY AFTER THE DAY OF THE PRIMARY ELECTION HELD TO NOMINATE CANDIDATES FOR SUCH ELECTION. 8. NO PUBLIC FUNDS SHALL BE PAID TO ANY PARTICIPATING CANDIDATE WHO HAS BEEN DISQUALIFIED OR WHOSE DESIGNATING PETITIONS HAVE BEEN DECLARED INVALID BY THE APPROPRIATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS OR A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION UNTIL AND UNLESS SUCH FINDING IS REVERSED BY A HIGHER AUTHORITY. NO PAYMENT FROM THE FUND IN THE POSSESSION OF SUCH A CANDI- DATE OR SUCH CANDIDATE'S PARTICIPATING COMMITTEE ON THE DATE OF SUCH DISQUALIFICATION OR INVALIDATION MAY THEREAFTER BE EXPENDED FOR ANY PURPOSE EXCEPT THE PAYMENT OF LIABILITIES INCURRED BEFORE SUCH DATE. ALL SUCH MONEYS SHALL BE REPAID TO THE FUND. S 7. The tax law is amended by adding a new section 630-d to read as follows:
S 630-D. CONTRIBUTION TO LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND. EFFECTIVE FOR ANY TAXABLE YEAR COMMENCING ON OR AFTER JANUARY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN, AN INDIVIDUAL IN ANY TAXABLE YEAR MAY ELECT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND. SUCH CONTRIBUTION SHALL BE IN THE AMOUNT OF FIVE DOLLARS AND SHALL NOT REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF STATE TAX OWED BY SUCH INDIVIDUAL. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL INCLUDE SPACE ON THE PERSONAL INCOME TAX RETURN TO ENABLE A TAXPAYER TO MAKE SUCH CONTRIBUTION. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW ALL REVENUES COLLECTED PURSU- ANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL BE CREDITED TO THE LOCAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUND AND USED ONLY FOR THOSE PURPOSES ENUMERATED IN SECTION NINETY-TWO-GG OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. S 8. Severability. If any clause, sentence, subdivision, paragraph, section or part of title III of article 14 of the election law, as added by section three of this act be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, subdivision, paragraph, section or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered. S 9. This act shall take effect on the same date as the 2013 Fair Elections Act, as proposed in legislative bills numbers S. 4705 and A. 4980-B takes effect; provided, however, candidates will be eligible to participate in the public financing system beginning with the 2014 election.

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