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Contribution Limits for 2018 Florida State and Local Elections

 

 

Recipient

 

 

Local/County/Multicounty

Candidate

 

Statewide Candidate/

Supreme Court Retention

Political Committee (PC)

Electioneering Communication Organization (ECO)

Political Party State/Local

 

D

o

n

o

r

Individual

$1,000 per election*

$3,000 per election*

No Limit

No Limit

No Limit

Political

Committee (PC)

$1,000 per

election*

$3,000 per election*

No Limit

No Limit

No Limit

Electioneering Communication Organization (ECO) †

$0

$0

$0

No Limit

$0

Political Party

National/State/

County ‡

$50,000 per election ‡

$250,000 per election ‡

No Limit

No Limit

No Limit


* - The primary and general elections are separate elections.
† - Limited to making electioneering communications.
‡ - Aggregate contributions (National, State, County) cannot exceed limits.

 

Political committee (PC) means:

(a)1. A combination of two or more individuals, or a person other than an individual, that, in an aggregate  amount in excess of $500 during a single calendar year:

a. Accepts contributions for the purpose of making contributions to any candidate, political committee, affiliated party committee, or political party;
b. Accepts contributions for the purpose of expressly advocating the election or defeat of a candidate or the passage or defeat of an issue;
c. Makes expenditures that expressly advocate the election or defeat of a candidate or the passage or defeat of an issue; or
d. Makes contributions to a common fund, other than a joint checking account between spouses, from which contributions are made to any candidate, political committee, affiliated party committee, or political party; 

2. The sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment by initiative who intends to seek the signatures of registered electors.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), the following entities are not considered political committees for purposes of this chapter:

1. National political parties, the state and county executive committees of political parties, and affiliated   party committees regulated by chapter 103.
2. Corporations regulated by chapter 607 or chapter 617 or other business entities formed for purposes other than to support or oppose issues or candidates, if their political activities are limited to contributions to candidates, political parties, affiliated party committees, or political committees or expenditures in support of or opposition to an issue from corporate or business funds and if no contributions are received by such corporations or business entities. 
3. Electioneering communications organizations as defined below.

Electioneering communications organization (ECO) means:

any group, other than a political party, affiliated party committee, or political committee, whose election-related activities are limited to making expenditures for electioneering communications or accepting contributions for the purpose of making electioneering communications and whose activities would not otherwise require the group to register as a political party or political committee as defined above.

Electioneering communication means:

(a) communication that is publicly distributed by a television station, radio station, cable television system, satellite system, newspaper, magazine, direct mail, or telephone and that: 

1. Refers to or depicts a clearly identified candidate for office without expressly advocating the election or defeat of a candidate but that is susceptible of no reasonable interpretation other than an appeal to vote for or against a specific candidate; 
2. Is made within 30 days before a primary or special primary election or 60 days before any other election for the office sought by the candidate; and 
3. Is targeted to the relevant electorate in the geographic area the candidate would represent if elected. 

(b) The term electioneering communication does not include:  

1. A communication disseminated through a means of communication other than a television station, radio station, cable Television system, satellite system, newspaper, magazine, direct mail, telephone, or statement or depiction by an organization, in existence before the time during which a candidate named or depicted qualifies for that election, made in that organization’s newsletter, which newsletter is distributed only to members of that organization. 
2. A communication in a news story, commentary, or editorial distributed through the facilities of a radio station, television station, cable television system, or satellite system, unless the facilities are owned or controlled by a political party, political committee, or candidate. A news story distributed through the facilities owned or controlled by a political party, political committee, or candidate may nevertheless be exempt if it represents a bona fide news account communicated through a licensed broadcasting facility and the communication is part of a general pattern of campaign related news accounts that give reasonably equal coverage to all opposing candidates in the area. 
3. A communication that constitutes a public debate or forum that includes at least two opposing candidates for an office or one advocate and one opponent of an issue, or that solely promotes such a debate or forum and is made by or on behalf of the person sponsoring the debate or forum, provided that: 

a. The staging organization is either: 

(I) A charitable organization that does not make other electioneering communications and does not otherwise support or oppose any political candidate or political party; or 
(II) A newspaper, radio station, television station, or other recognized news medium; and 

b. The staging organization does not structure the debate to promote or advance one candidate or issue position over another. 

(c) For purposes of this chapter, an expenditure made for, or in furtherance of, an electioneering communication is not considered a contribution to or on behalf of any candidate. 

(d) For purposes of this chapter, an electioneering communication does not constitute an independent expenditure and is not subject to the limitations applicable to independent expenditures.