Big questions remain for NY's public campaign finance plan

Primary Day in New York
Posted at 6:07 AM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 06:07:53-04

VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York commission has started crafting specifics of a plan to allow candidates to finance campaigns with public dollars.

In a meeting at Westchester Community College on Monday, the Public Campaign Financing and Election Commission started hashing out details such as how many small-dollar contributions candidates would need to qualify for matching funds.

The system will provide up to $100 million in public financing to candidates who get enough small private donations. The idea is to reduce the power of deep-pocketed donors and corporations whose contributions can dwarf those of individual voters.

The commission has until Dec. 1 to announce rules that will become law unless lawmakers hold a rare end-of-year special session to reject them.

It's unclear when the program would launch, or how it will be implemented.