NYPIRG proposes campaign donation limits - New York News

NYPIRG proposes campaign donation limits

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A government watchdog group is calling for strict limits on money individuals and corporations can give candidates in state elections.

The New York Public Interest Research Group blames the state's political scandals on lax limits, poor enforcement and loopholes. It says individual limits per candidate should be $2,600 per election with a $1,000 corporate limit to any campaign committee during an election cycle.

The nonprofit has submitted its proposals to the state's Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, which is scheduled to issue a preliminary report Dec. 1.

NYPIRG also wants to end candidates' personal use of campaign funds and close their campaign committees after an election or leaving office.

It also calls for public financing of campaigns.

The taxpayer-advocacy group Unshackle Upstate says public financing is bad public policy that would cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

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