It’s pay day for a lot of candidates.
The city’s Campaign Finance Board approved more than $23.3 million in public matching fund payments on Thursday — providing a boost to candidates across the city.
Well, most candidates.
"The board is deferring its decision today on whether to pay public funds to the Donovan campaign for mayor,” board chair Frederick Schaffer said. "The board is seeking further information in this matter from the Donovan campaign and from New Start NYC.”
In a surprise move, the board delayed a decision on whether former federal housing secretary and mayoral candidate Shaun Donovan will receive public money.
At issue is a political action committee, called New Start NYC, which was formed in February. The group is committed to spending big cash to boost Donovan’s candidacy, but it's being bankrolled largely by Donovan’s father.
Independent groups like this cannot coordinate with candidates. So the CFB wants to take a closer look.
“I was surprised by the delay this morning,” Donovan said at an unrelated press conference on Thursday. "We are absolutely going to work closely with the CFB and get them any information that they need. I and the entire campaign are absolutely following the law and to be clear there are dozens of these groups supporting many different candidates and we are not coordinating with any of them.”
Others got big checks to boost their candidacies.
Dianne Morales got more than $2.2 million.
Kathryn Garcia got nearly $2.3 million.
Andrew Yang got matching funds for the first time, too — the largest disbursement — more than $3.7 million.
As part of the city’s new public finance system, candidates can get the first $250 of donations from New Yorkers matched 8 to 1.
Maya Wiley, Scott Stringer and Eric Adams also received another round of payments on Thursday. They have already received millions in public money for their campaigns. Democrat Ray McGuire is not part of the program.