Gotham Gazette City Council Drafting Bills to Regulate Political Nonprofits Like Campaign for One New York by Samar Khurshid

Gotham Gazette
Gotham Gazette
City Council Drafting Bills to Regulate Political Nonprofits Like Campaign for One New York
Samar Khurshid
09/23/2016

Kallos

Council Member Ben Kallos (photo: John McCarten for the City Council)


At least three City Council members have made requests to the Council’s bill drafting unit to formulate legislation that would regulate political participation by and with “social welfare” nonprofit organizations. These are political advocacy, or lobbying, groups, which have been the subject of intense scrutiny in New York City of late due to the Campaign for One New York, a political nonprofit established by allies of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The bills currently being drafted in the Council would increase disclosure requirements for political nonprofits and reclassify the groups under the jurisdiction of the city’s Campaign Finance Board and its rules around donation limits, including by entities with city business.

Issue: 
Good Government