According to this story in the New York Daily News, Thomas Golisano is one of the major financial backers of the movement to pass the National Popular Vote Plan bills. Golisano was the Independence Party’s gubernatorial candidate in New York in 1994, 1998, and 2002. Each time he ran, he received a larger share of the vote. In 1994, he received 217,490 votes and gave the Independence Party status as a qualified party. In 1998, when the New York Independence Party was the New York state unit of the Reform Party, he tried again and got 364,056 votes. And in 2002, he tried a third time and got 654,016 votes, which was 14.3% of the total vote cast.