Yesterday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a campaign finance bill into law just hours before a midnight deadline.  The new measure makes a number of changes to Florida’s campaign finance laws, including the following:

  • Contribution limits increased from a uniform $500 limit to $1,000 for legislative and local offices and $3,000 for statewide offices.  New limits take effect November 1, 2013.
  • Committees of Continuous Existence (CCEs) are eliminated as of September 30, 2013.  CCEs were able to accept unlimited contributions as long as 25% of the committee’s revenue came from dues.
  • Political committees must now file monthly reports, instead of quarterly, and weekly or bi-weekly reports within close proximity to primary and general elections.
  • Candidates can now keep $20,000 in their campaign committee accounts for use in their re-election to the same office.

We are continuing to monitor the efforts in several states to amend campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics laws.

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Derek Lawlor is an of counsel in the firm’s Washington office and a member of the firm’s Election & Political Law and White Collar practice groups.  He assists corporations, nonprofit organizations, and trade associations with federal and state lobbying, campaign finance, and government…

Derek Lawlor is an of counsel in the firm’s Washington office and a member of the firm’s Election & Political Law and White Collar practice groups.  He assists corporations, nonprofit organizations, and trade associations with federal and state lobbying, campaign finance, and government ethics issues.  Mr. Lawlor also represents clients in government investigations and inquiries conducted by the Federal Election Commission, Office of Congressional Ethics, and Congressional Committees and Commissions.  Prior to receiving his law degree, Mr. Lawlor worked in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. House of Representatives.