N.Y. Election Law Section 14-205
Payment of public matching funds


1.

Determination of eligibility. No public matching funds shall be paid to an authorized committee unless the PCFB determines that the participating candidate has met the eligibility requirements of this title. Payment shall not exceed the amounts specified in subdivision two of this section, and shall be made only in accordance with the provisions of this title. Such payment may be made only to the participating candidate’s authorized committee. No public matching 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.

Calculation of payment.

(a)

In any election for a public office to be voted on by the voters of the entire state or for nomination to any such office, if the threshold for eligibility is met, the participating candidate’s authorized committee shall receive payment for qualified campaign expenditures of six dollars of public matching funds for each one dollar of matchable contributions, obtained and reported to the PCFB in accordance with the provisions of this title. The maximum payment of public matching funds shall be limited to the amounts set forth in this section for the covered election.

(b)

In any election for state senate or state assembly or for nomination to any such office, if the threshold for eligibility is met, the participating candidate’s authorized committee shall receive payment for qualified campaign expenditures for matchable contributions of eligible private funds per contributor, obtained, and reported to the PCFB herein, of: twelve dollars of public matching funds for each of the first fifty dollars of matchable contributions; nine dollars of public matching funds for each of the next one hundred dollars of public matchable contributions; and eight dollars for the each of the next one hundred dollars of public matchable contributions. The maximum payment of public matching funds shall be limited to the amounts set forth in this section for the covered election.

3.

Timing of payment. The PCFB shall make any payment of public matching funds to participating candidates as soon as is practicable. But in all cases, it shall verify eligibility for public matching funds within four days, excluding weekends and holidays, of receiving a campaign contribution report filed in compliance with § 14-104 (Statements of campaign receipts, contributions, transfers and expenditures by and to candidates)section 14-104 of this article. Within two days of determining that a candidate for a covered office is eligible for public matching funds, it shall authorize payment of the applicable matching funds owed to the candidate. The PCFB shall schedule at least three payment dates in the thirty days prior to a covered primary, general, or special election. If any of such payments would require payment on a weekend or federal holiday, payment shall be made on the next business day.

4.

Notwithstanding any provision of this section to the contrary, the amount of public funds payable to a participating candidate on the ballot in any covered election shall not exceed one-quarter of the maximum public funds payment otherwise applicable and no participating candidate shall be eligible to receive a disbursement of public funds prior to two weeks after the last day to file designating petitions for a primary election unless the participating candidate is opposed by a competitive candidate. The PCFB shall, by regulation, set forth objective standards to determine whether a candidate is competitive and the procedures for qualifying for the payment of public funds.

5.

Electronic funds transfer. The PCFB shall, in consultation with the office of the comptroller, promulgate rules to facilitate electronic funds transfers directly from the campaign finance fund into an authorized committee’s bank account.

6.

Irregularly scheduled elections. Notwithstanding any other provision of this title, the PCFB shall promulgate rules to provide for the prompt issuance of public matching funds to eligible participating candidates for qualified campaign expenditures in the case of any other covered election held on a day different from the day originally scheduled, including special elections. Provided, however in all cases, the PCFB shall:

(a)

within four days, excluding weekends and holidays, of receiving a report of contributions from a candidate for a covered office claiming eligibility for public matching funds, verify that candidate’s eligibility for public matching funds; and

(b)

within two days of determining that the candidate for a covered office is eligible for public matching funds, it shall authorize payment of the applicable matching funds owed to the candidate.

Source: Section 14-205 — Payment of public matching funds, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/ELN/14-205 (updated Nov. 11, 2022; accessed Jun. 15, 2024).

Accessed:
Jun. 15, 2024

Last modified:
Nov. 11, 2022

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