Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt(R,C,I-New Windsor) is the lead legislative plaintiff on the Conservative Party of New York’s lawsuit against the NYS campaign finance commission and its findings.

The commission was created to circumvent the state legislatures constitutional authority by creating and changing laws outside of the legislative process by un-elected and unaccountable political appointees.

The commission created a taxpayer funded campaign framework and changed election law to eliminate minor parties.

Today the State Supreme Court ruled on one of the cases challenging the commission.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “Today the State Supreme Court invalidated the unconstitutional campaign finance commission and its findings. Working with the Conservative Party I took the fight against the commission to the courts. We have successfully blocked taxpayer funded campaigns and preserved the right for all New Yorkers to register as members of and vote for candidates on minor parties lines most closely aligned with their beliefs. This ruling also shows commissions cannot be created to circumvent the legislature and constitutional legislative process. This ruling not only saves over $200 million in taxpayer money from being spent on political campaigns but preserves every citizens political organizing rights.”

Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!