Cynthia Nixon’s campaign has yet to file January disclosure

Cynthia Nixon and Eric Adams in March, 2018.
Cynthia Nixon and Eric Adams in March, 2018.
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Cynthia Nixon and Eric Adams in March, 2018.

Cynthia Nixon’s campaign has yet to file January disclosure

The actress’ campaign is also $18,000 in debt.
January 30, 2020

It’s been nearly two years since Cynthia Nixon’s unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign, but it seems she missed the deadline on a required disclosure to the state Board of Elections. Despite maintaining an active campaign account and continuing to make political endorsements, Nixon hasn’t filed a required financial disclosure report due earlier this month, according to the agency. 

“We filed a disclosure report before the deadline – and then refiled due to technical problems with the state's website,” Rebecca Katz, founder of the consulting firm New Deal Strategies, who served as a chief strategist on her campaign, wrote in an email to City & State. “We have reached out to the Board of Elections on multiple occasions to attempt to resolve this issue, but have never received a response.” The Nixon campaign hasn’t made any attempt to submit the report according to the state Board of Elections records, said John Conklin, director of public information at the agency. 

Even if Nixon has no activity to report, the state Board of Elections requires candidates to file reports in January and July. This is what she did for her latest filing in July. Before that, her latest disclosure submitted in the aftermath of the 2018 general election indicated a negative balance of about $18,000. 

Nixon’s focus doesn’t seem to be on running for office at the moment, having signed on in the past year to act in a Netflix series and direct a Broadway play. “I don’t think I will, but you never know,” the “Sex and the City” star told Time magazine last March. 

But she certainly keeps her eye on New York’s political scene. On Thursday, an article she wrote appeared in The Nation, endorsing all six Democratic Socialists of America-aligned candidates running for the state Legislature. Nixon has also thrown some financial support to favored candidates. Since her gubernatorial bid, she’s donated $6,250 to local and state candidates and to New Reformers, a PAC aimed at running candidates for district leader in Queens. Nearly half of that money was directed to Tiffany Caban’s campaign for district attorney in Queens. Other beneficiaries include Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Assemblyman Harvey Epstein, Jabari Brisport – one of the DSA candidates running for retiring State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery’s seat in Brooklyn – and Misse Rosse, who unsuccessfully ran for a seat on the Onondaga County Legislature.

Nixon’s Twitter is also stocked with reactions to major political events throughout the state, recently expressing dismay over New York City Transit Authority President Andy Byford’s resignation and praising Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s continued support of the state’s bail reform law

Maybe she’ll even run for office again, although she’ll have to get out of that fundraising hole first. 

Kay Dervishi
is a staff reporter at City & State.
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