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Campaign Finance Reform and Limits on Gifts and Fundraisers

The City Bar believes that campaign finance reform can be best achieved through:

  • the voluntary public financing of political campaigns at levels designed to attract candidates into the public financing program;
  • stricter limits on political contributions;
  • enhanced disclosure of campaign contributions and expenditures;
  • more effective enforcement of campaign financing laws;
  • a prohibition of soft money contributions;
  • curbs on transfers by legislative party committees; and
  • effective regulation of “independent” expenditures on campaigns that are coordinated with a candidate.

The City Bar is concerned that the public overwhelmingly perceives that a person’s access to and influence in state government and its policymakers is directly proportional to the amount of money that person can contribute to an elected official’s campaign coffers. We will therefore continue to advocate for legislation that will prohibit fundraisers in the Albany area while the Legislature is in session, while also supporting stricter limits on campaign contributions which were not addressed in previous reforms.


Statement on Bringing Public Campaign Finance to New York, March 2014.