- The Study of New York Government
- The New York Constitution and the Federal System
- Political Parties in New York
- Campaign Finance Policy in the State and City of New York
- Public Opinion Polling and New York Politics and Governance
- Elections and Election Management
- Lobbying and the Interest Group System
- Politics and the News Media in the Empire State
- The New York State Legislature
- The Governor of New York
- The New York State Comptroller's Office
- The New York State Attorney General
- The Judiciary and Judicial Reform
- The Executive Branch
- New York State and the National Government
- New York in Fiscal Federalism
- The State and Its Localities
- New York State and New York City Relations
- New York State's “Foreign Policy”
- The Public Fisc in New York State
- New York State Education Policy and Politics
- Health Care Politics and Policy in New York State
- Public Safety Policy in New York State
- Higher Education in New York State
- Mental Health Policy in New York State
- Economic Development in New York State
- Welfare Policy in New York State
- The Environment in New York State
- Transportation Policy and Politics in New York State
- The Politics of Energy in New York State
- Selective Bibliography of New York Government and Politics: References
Abstract and Keywords
This article presents a brief summary of the major proposals for campaign finance policy in New York. New York's campaign finance laws have not changed substantially since Buckley. There have been some potentially significant changes both in the state's political alignment and in the substantive positions put forward by the key leaders. New York City's multiple matching fund program had an intended effect on the proportional importance of small donors. The effect of this program clearly is in the direction its sponsors had envisioned. Constitutional constraints do not allow the use of public financing to constrain spending in politics. Public financing programs do not automatically give candidates an incentive to raise money from small donors. There is a possibility that the New York state legislature may respond to the Governor's call for a comprehensive revision of the state's campaign finance laws.
Michael J. Malbin is Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York and Executive Director of The Campaign Finance Institute in Washington, DC.
Peter W. Brusoe is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at The American University.
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