The NYS Board of Elections website lists all the campaign finance limitations for all races. Here is a a simplified explanation of campaign contributions and the associated limitations on both the recipient and the contributor for the Town Supervisor race. The NYS BOE and Dutchess County BOE can provide further detailed information regarding campaign contribution limitations/restrictions.
As a reminder, donations in support of Supervisor LaColla can be mailed to PO Box 5, Fishkill, NY 12524 in support of his campaign for re-election. Real Experience; Real Results!!!!
All political contributions are subject to regulations established by the New York State Board of Elections (NYS BOE). Established in part for ensuring no one contributor can influence a political official through excessive donations/funding. These regulations (rules) limit how much any one candidate can receive as well as how much any one contributor can donate. These rules restrict the ability of any individual, partnership and/or company from exerting influence through political donations. Thus all contributors are given an opportunity to contribute to support their candidate subject to the prescribed maximum allowable limits.
Most contributors can be categorized as follows:
- Individuals/Sole Proprietors/Limited Liability Companies (LLC)
The maximum election limit that may be received by a candidate running for a particular office is calculated using the total number of enrolled or registered voters in the town, excluding voters in inactive status and by multiplying that total by $.05. Since the Town of Fishkill has approximately 13,000 voters this places the calculated limit at $650. However, NYS BOE has established a minimum limit of $1,000. This means that although the calculated maximum limit is $650, NYS BOE has granted a $1,000 limit. This limit is based on the associated office the candidate is seeking. For example, NYS Senators have a Primary contribution limit of $6,500 per individual.
The following provides further details regarding these limitations:
- $1,000 per election (Primary/General/Special) subject to an annual family limit of $1,250. For example a couple decides to donate up to the $1,250 family limit, one spouse can only donate up to the receipt limit of $1,000. This effectively limits the second spouse’s donation to $250.
- $1,000 per election (Primary/General/Special) subject to annual limit of $2,500 for the partnership. For example, a partnership is considering a donation of $2,500. If the partnership has only 2 partners, then the donation from each individual partner is limited to the receipt limitation of $1,000 each; restricting the annual limit to $2,000. If the partnership has three or more partners, then the partnership could effectively contribute up to the $2,500 through a combination of partner donations up to the annual limit of $2,500.
*Note: Although partners are considered individuals, they are reported separately to monitor compliance with the overall annual limit of $2,500.
- $1,000 per election (Primary/General/Special) subject to annual limit of $5,000. For example, a Corporation is considering a donation of $5,000. Although the Corporation has an annual limit of $5,000 the per election limit of $1,000 would restrict the ability of the Corporation from donating more than $1,000 per election. For example, ABC Corp donates $5,000 in a single contribution. This donations must be returned since it exceeded the contribution limitation of $1,000.
The contribution limits and annual limits are applied to each, primary, general and special election. There is no limit on the funding that a candidate or a candidate’s spouse/partner can contribute on behalf of their own campaign.
All campaign finances are also subject to routine reporting. The NYS BOE provides a system and requirements for how donations are collected and spent. It is important to note that no cash donations over $99 can be accepted by any candidate in NYS. Donations by check facilitate greater accountability and reporting of campaign contributors and tracking of limits and annual limits. Campaign finance reports are subject to routine filing and are submitted to the NYS BOE. Filings are available online.