Small-Donor Matching Funds for New York State Elections:
A Policy Analysis of the Potential Impact and Cost

Michael J. Malbin, PhD
Professor of Political Science, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

Professor Malbin is also Director of the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI), a division of the nonpartisan National Institute on Money in Politics. Since 1999, CFI has been the nation’s preeminent research institute specializing in the role of campaign money in politics and government.

About the Talk:
Should New York State adopt a small-donor matching fund system of public campaign financing for state elections similar to the one in effect for municipal elections in New York City? Governor Andrew Cuomo has been recommending this idea since 2010, but with both chambers of the legislature now controlled by a Democratic majority the proposal has a realistic chance to become law.
On February 11, the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) plans to release the first objective policy analysis of the potential impact of this idea based on a detailed review of the recently-filed, year-end campaign finance records of all the candidates who ran for state office in 2018. The analysis will model the impact of the proposal the Governor included in the Executive Budget and released to the public on January 16.
Using CFI’s peer-reviewed methodology, the analysis will address these key questions:
  • How would the Governor’s proposals for lower contribution limits and a new system of small-donor matching funds affect the balance of campaign funding sources in New York State elections?
  • What kinds of legislative and statewide candidates would be affected and how?
  • And finally, how much would the proposal cost?

Monday, February 11, 2019

Room 211
Legislative Office Building
198 State Street, Albany, NY

About the Series:
Rockefeller College's faculty members and researchers are engaged in groundbreaking research on numerous policy-relevant topics. The Rockefeller College Policy Talks Lunchtime Speaker Series at the LOB highlights the research and outreach faculty members are doing to address timely and important policy issues at the local, state, and national levels. The talks draw on faculty members' research in offering original insights on important issues for both policymakers and the general public. The Policy Talks align with the University at Albany's strategic mission of leveraging our faculty's expertise to inform and empower our broader community.

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