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Analysis by Richard Briffault: NY Public Financing Commission Has Legal Authority Over Campaign Contribution Limits

Legal experts sent Briffault’s analysis to commissioners on Sept. 27

Published: October 8, 2019

In his analysis, Columbia professor and legislation expert Richard Briffault answers one of the New York public financing commissioners’ recurring questions during recent hearings: Does the commission have the authority to recommend reducing campaign contribution limits for all candidates, not just those who choose to participate in public financing? Briffault’s answer: Yes.

On Sept. 27, four legal experts sent Briffault’s analysis to the commissioners with a letter underlining its importance: Fritz Schwarz, Chief Counsel of the Brennan Center and former Chair of the New York City Campaign Finance Board; James Gardner, Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Law; Jerry H. Goldfeder, Special Counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and former Chair of the Election Law Committee of the American Bar Association; and Peter L. Zimroth, Director of the Center on Civil Justice at NYU School of Law and former New York City Corporation Counsel.

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