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New York Post NYC will vote on donation limits for next citywide races by Nolan Hicks

NYC will vote on donation limits for next citywide races

Voters will get a chance in November to lower the amounts that fat cats can donate in city elections.

By a vote of 11-1, the Charter Revision Commission Tuesday night approved a ballot proposal that would cut the maximum contribution in the next citywide races — for mayor, comptroller and public advocate — from $5,100 to $2,000.

Similar cuts would reduce the top contributions in races for borough president and City Council to $1,500 from $3,950 and $2,850, respectively.

“The impetus for these reductions is to address the persistent perception of corruption associated with large campaign contributions,,,” the commission said in its report.

To encourage smaller donors, the commission also recommended boosting the current 6-to-1 match of public funds to 8-to-1 and to increase the maximum amount matched from $175 to $250 for the citywide candidates.

So a mayoral candidate who got a $250 contribution from a New York City resident would collect an extra $2,000 in public matching funds.

“It’s up to New Yorkers to vote big money out of politics this November,” said Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), who helped draft the changes adopted by the commission.

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