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DiNapoli proposes campaign reform

ALBANY — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is proposing sweeping campaign finance reforms for the office tarnished by political influence peddling under former Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

DiNapoli’s proposal comes as Albany has gone silent on the need for campaign finance restrictions. Good-government groups have long said out-of-control financing of campaigns is the basis for the ethical lapses and partisan gridlock in state government.

DiNapoli’s bill submitted Thursday to the Legislature would limit campaign contributions to $2,000. Currently, individuals and firms doing business with the pension fund that DiNapoli controls can donate tens of thousands of dollars to campaigns.

He would also cap primary spending for his job at $5 million and general elections at $7.5 million.

The goal is to lessen the influence of donors on comptrollers.