- How will prior campaign spending be treated? If it is subjected to the spending limit applicable to the lower office, will that be a disincentive to accepting spending limits?
- If so, will the resulting “non-participation” lead to “bonus” matching funds payments for the larger field of opposing candidates that had emerged when the seat appeared to be open?
- Alternatively, if some of those other candidates decide not to oppose an incumbent, what becomes of the campaign contributions they had already accumulated? Will these function as a matchable warchest that discourages competition in the election after 2009? Or, could these funds be converted to “political action” uses that influence the 2009 election in other, unforeseen ways?
- How would NYC’s two-tiered contribution limits be applied to funds raised for a city-wide race that will now be used instead for a lower office? Given the current reach of City law to non-participants, “opting-out” doesn’t seem to be an option for avoiding a retroactive contribution limitation.
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