Campaign / Election Reform Legislative Proposals

Staff contact: Ken Pokalsky

Campaign finance reform will be a major issue in the 2013 session. The Business Council will be evaluating all campaign finance reform proposals with an eye toward assuring that legislation does not disadvantage the private sector’s role in supporting pro-growth candidates. 

A.101 (Gantt), Prohibits multiple party designations for candidates for public office, except for a judicial office

A.144 (Kavanagh), Relates to political contribution activities by an intermediary

A.149 (Kavanagh), Provides that the board of elections shall accept voter registrations electronically through its website

S.166 (Squadron), Relates to political contributions

S.170 (Squadron), Lowers the annual candidate contribution limit from $150,000 to $75,000

S.174 (Squadron) / A.60 (Kavanagh), Decreases contribution limits

S.177 (Squadron), Enacts the "corporate political activity accountability to shareholders act"

S.178 (Squadron) / A.112 (Kavanagh), Relates to political contributions made by limited liability companies

S.181 (Squadron) / A.110 (Kavanagh), Relates to uniform maximum contributions for all candidates regardless of position or office

S.192 (Squadron) / A.86 (Kavanagh), Establishes new contribution limits, expands the types of organizations prohibited from making contributions and aggregates certain contributions

S.199 (Squadron) / A.63 (Kavanagh), Relates to restrictions on political contributions by lobbyists

A.205 (Kavanagh), Prohibits political contributions by businesses that have been awarded state contracts

S.212 (Squadron) /A.59 (Kavanagh), Relates to maximum contributions for candidates

A.230 (Kavanagh), Requires certain language on contribution forms and prohibits candidates for election to a public office from accepting contributions from charitable organizations

A.418 (Paulin), Provides that a court may require that a new election be held when there is clear and convincing evidence that the wrong candidate was determined to be the winner

A.419 (Paulin), Provides for a good faith expectation of unavailability for absentee voting

A.445 (Dinowitz), Classifies certain multiple entities as a single entity for contribution purposes and requires disclosure of the interests of the components or contributors thereof

A.729 (Rosenthal), Limits a candidate to one authorized committee per election; defines "multi-candidate committee;" provides that such a committee may not be an authorized committee

A.922 (Galef), Restricts transfers by candidates political committees to committees of other candidates to $500 and to any party committee of constituted committee to $1,000

S.941 (Rivera), Requires the filing of additional transferor and contributor identification information in campaign receipt and expenditure statements

S.962 (Libous), Directs state board of elections to contract with certified public accountancy firm to audit 3 percent of the candidates who run for state legislature during general elections

S.1131 (Breslin), Provides for the itemization of campaign expenditures

S.1144 (Breslin), Relates to the disclosure of monies received by members of the legislature for purposes of legal defense

S.1159 (Breslin) / A.440 (Dinowitz), Limits the number and type of party committees which may be formed by state committees to receive or spend contributions to support or oppose candidates

A.1248 (Cahill), Relates to defining permissible personal use of campaign contributions

S.1460 (Stuart-Cousins) / A.690 (Silver), Relates to defining the term "express advocacy"

S.1461 (Stuart-Cousins) / A.689 (Silver), Relates to early voting in the state of New York