City Councilman Brad Lander is looking to rein in exploding expenditures from super PAC-like groups with proposed new legislation that would slap cigarette-style warnings on their mailings, among other regulations.
The package of proposed reforms comes as outside groups are pouring millions of dollars into city races through so-called “independent expenditures,” following the Citizens United court decision, which allows near-unlimited spending, as long as the groups don’t directly co-ordinate with campaigns. Of particular concern to Mr. Lander in the real estate industry-backed “Jobs 4 NY” committee, which has already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on local City Council races–sometimes in the face of candidates’ opposition.
A new generation of super-PAC-like groups have begun to pour money into the city’s races, and several candidates are certainly benefiting.
Former Comptroller Bill Thompson has already been boosted by more than $650,000 in spending on his behalf from groups formed by two of the city’s major unions, according to new disclosure statements filed with the city’s campaign finance board today.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is set to hit the airwaves tomorrow with the first ad buy of his mayoral race.
Mr. de Blasio, whose campaign appears to be gaining momentum as the clock ticks toward primary day, has been working to re-introduce himself to voters in the wake of Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting scandal, which appears to have given him an opening in the polls.
Despite speculation that Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s sudden jump back into politics would drag Anthony Weiner’s name back into the mud, his campaign appears to be getting off to a good week.
The former congressman, who is now leading the polls in the mayors race, raised an impressive $828,886 dollars over the past two months, according to new disclosures filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board earlier today.
All of the major mayoral candidates have been spending cash at a relative steady clip; but no other candidate has managed to do so as fast as billionaire supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis. The self-financed Republican has spent a whopping $880,000 since he entered the race, including $615,332 in bills over the past two months.