The first legislative candidate to qualify for public financing under the Clean Elections law is Seema Singh, the former State Ratepayer Advocate who is the Demcoratic nominee for State Senate in the 14th district.
Singh filed with 400 ten dollar contributions — enough to receive nearly $50,000 in public funds. For each $10 contribution she receives between now and September, she will receive $1,200. Singh and other candidates, if they qualify, can receive up to $534,375 per candidate if they can get $10 donations from 800 people total.
Singh's Republican opponent, Assemblyman Bill Baroni, is one of the authors of the Clean Elections legislation, but he has not yet qualified to receive public financing — nor has Singh's running mate, Democratic Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein, who wrote the bill with Baroni.