In NY State Of Politics, Nick Reisman takes a look at the practice of using county committees to raise and spend money on particular candidates. Blair Horner of NYPIRG provides much of the explanation:
“All of these party committees do this,” said Blair Horner, the legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
“The question really is the line where you walk over from being too explicit.”
The practice is not an unusual one and Republicans in previous years have been aided in the past by large contributions from single donors, such as when Michael Bloomberg donated to party committees and the Independence Party, which ultimately aided GOP candidates in the state Senate.
The problem arises when those contributions come with clear instructions of where to donate the money.
“There’s typically a truly small number of truly contested races in the Legislature, so the party committees are trying to raise money for those races,” Horner said. “Everyone knows it. You don’t have to be explicit, and the campaign contribution limits are sky high for the party committees.”