The Florida Legislature this spring agreed to eliminate one form of freewheeling political spending committee – a move hailed by lawmakers and some advocates as bringing more transparency and common sense to campaigns.
But so far, it’s mostly keeping elections lawyers and accountants busy as trade associations, professional groups and even the legislators who shaped the bill brace for big changes that take effect at the end of this month.
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Florida’s new campaign finance law
What it does:
- Eliminates Committees of Continuous Existence (CCEs).
- Increases campaign finance reporting to monthly, from quarterly reports. Even more frequent reporting at end of election season.
- Boosts individual contribution limits from $500 to $3,000 for statewide and Supreme Court candidates; $1,000 for legislative, county- and city-level candidates.
- Allows candidates for state office to keep $20,000 in surplus funds for use in next election; limits candidates from giving more than $25,000 in leftover cash to a political party.
Source: Florida Legislature, HB 569.