B. Thomas Golisano’s political efforts in New York are discussed in this article.
Election lawyers, speaking privately, said Golisano is skating on thin legal ice.
A donor is limited to $150,000 in political contributions in a year. But Golisano is establishing an entity entirely funded with his own money and is not authorized by any one campaign to spend money.
State law would allow him to spend as much as he wants promoting issues, say, such as the need for change in Albany. He could even tout a specific candidate’s virtues or problems, and suggest voters back or oppose a candidate.
But working in concert — or “coordinating,” as election lawyers put it — with a candidate’s campaign would be a violation.