Roy Gilbert

Dark Money in the New York Mayor’s Race

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Credit…Antonio de Luca/The New York Times The New York City mayor’s race already has a national-politics tinge thanks to one guy: the businessman Andrew Yang, whose long-shot campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination sputtered out early last year, but who is now seen as a front-runner in the city’s mayoral election. (That’s despite his knack for eliciting groans on Twitter.)

But it’s not just the personalities that are bridging the divide between local and national politics. It’s also the money.

This mayoral election is shaping up to be the city’s first in which super PACs — the dark-money groups that sprang up after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission — play a major role.

But it’s also the first race in which a number of candidates are taking advantage of a city policy that allows campaigns to gain access to more generous public matching funds, based upon their level of grass-roots support.

With the potentially decisive Democratic primary just over two months away, our Metro reporters Dana Rubinstein and Jeffery C. Mays have written an article looking at how the hunt for super PAC cash is complicating the race — and raising ethical questions about some campaigns, including a few that are also receiving public matching funds . Dana took a moment out of her Friday afternoon to catch me up on where things stand.

Hi Dana. So, the Citizens United decision was handed down in 2010. Yet it seems as if this is the first […]

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