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.