senate Bill S1163
(D, IP, WF) 44th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Provides that upon the death of a candidate, former candidate or holder of elective office, remaining campaign accounts be transferred to the state treasury unless a charitable organization has been designated to receive such moneys.
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the election law, in relation to providing that campaign
accounts be transferred to the state treasury upon death of a candidate
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
Provides that remaining campaign
accounts be transferred to the stat treasury after the death of a
candidate unless previous arrangements have been made to have the
funds donated to a charity of the candidate's choice upon his or her
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section one (1) requires the disposal
of campaign funds to the state comptroller (2) requires the treasurer
of said political committee to notify the board of elections within
30 days of the candidates death (3) allows said candidate to
designate a charitable organization to receive the balance of any
Section 2 provides that this act shall take effect 60 days after it
has become law.
In August 2009, it was revealed that the widow of the late Senator Ron
Stafford had been making contributions to various charities and
campaign committees from the "Committee to Re-elect Stafford"
account. Since his death in 2005, Kay Stafford has doled out
approximately $60,000. Kay Stafford is a long time lobbyist with CMA
These contributions are known as "ghost" contributions. Currently,
there is no statute in New York state law addressing the disposition
of funds when someone with a campaign account passes away. This bill
clearly states who would inherit control of the money and where the
money is permitted to go, post mortem. This area of law needs to be
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
None to the State
This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after
it has become law.
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