Florida Senate - 2021                             CS for SB 1890
       By the Committee on Ethics and Elections; and Senator Rodrigues
       582-03591-21                                          20211890c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to campaign financing; amending s.
    3         106.08, F.S.; providing a limitation on contributions
    4         made to political committees sponsoring a
    5         constitutional amendment proposed by initiative;
    6         specifying conditions upon which the limitation no
    7         longer applies; amending s. 106.141, F.S.; prohibiting
    8         a candidate from donating surplus funds to a
    9         charitable organization that employs the candidate;
   10         providing that any candidate required to dispose
   11         surplus funds may give certain surplus funds to the
   12         state or a political subdivision, to be disbursed in a
   13         specified manner; providing an effective date.
   15  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   17         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
   18  106.08, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   19         106.08 Contributions; limitations on.—
   20         (1)(a) Except for political parties or affiliated party
   21  committees, no person or political committee may, in any
   22  election, make contributions in excess of the following amounts:
   23         1. To a candidate for statewide office or for retention as
   24  a justice of the Supreme Court or to a political committee that
   25  is the sponsor of a constitutional amendment proposed by
   26  initiative, $3,000. However, the limitation on contributions for
   27  such a political committee no longer applies once the Secretary
   28  of State has issued a certificate of ballot position and a
   29  designating number for the proposed amendment that the political
   30  committee is sponsoring. Candidates for the offices of Governor
   31  and Lieutenant Governor on the same ticket are considered a
   32  single candidate for the purpose of this section.
   33         2. To a candidate for retention as a judge of a district
   34  court of appeal; a candidate for legislative office; a candidate
   35  for multicounty office; a candidate for countywide office or in
   36  any election conducted on less than a countywide basis; or a
   37  candidate for county court judge or circuit judge, $1,000.
   38         Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (4) of section
   39  106.141, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   40         106.141 Disposition of surplus funds by candidates.—
   41         (4)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), any candidate
   42  required to dispose of funds pursuant to this section shall, at
   43  the option of the candidate, dispose of such funds by any of the
   44  following means, or any combination thereof:
   45         1. Return pro rata to each contributor the funds that have
   46  not been spent or obligated.
   47         2. Donate the funds that have not been spent or obligated
   48  to a charitable organization or organizations that meet the
   49  qualifications of s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code,
   50  except that the candidate may not be employed by the charitable
   51  organization to which he or she donates the funds.
   52         3. Give not more than $25,000 of the funds that have not
   53  been spent or obligated to the affiliated party committee or
   54  political party of which such candidate is a member.
   55         4. Give the funds that have not been spent or obligated:
   56         a. In the case of a candidate for state office, To the
   57  state, to be deposited in either the Election Campaign Financing
   58  Trust Fund or the General Revenue Fund, as designated by the
   59  candidate; or
   60         b. In the case of a candidate for an office of a political
   61  subdivision, To a such political subdivision, to be deposited in
   62  the general fund thereof.
   63         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.