Candidates who seek the office of Suffolk County Legislator in a primary, general, or special election are eligible to participate and receive public matching funds if they comply with all program requirements;
Matching funds amplify the voices of all residents and encourage them to participate in elections. Candidates qualify to receive matching funds by first raising a minimum in small-dollar donations.
For County Legislator: Candidates for the Office of County Legislator qualify by raising a minimum of $5,000 in small donations ($250 max) from at least 30 individual donors who reside in their respective legislative district.
See Charter Law 42-3 here for more information.
Adhere to program guidelines for accepting donations and spending campaign funds. When in doubt contact the Suffolk County Campaign Finance Board for guidance.
Check out the list of qualified expenditures here
To get started register using SCCFB CONTENDER software application (coming soon!). This is the tool which participating campaigns use to participate in the matching funds program.
When registering, you will need the following documents:
Participating candidates will be required to submit timely financial disclosure statements to the Campaign Finance Board and comply with both County Charter Law Chapter 42 and New York State Election Law § 14-100 NYS Election law.