Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Florida Requires Better Disclosure

As Gary Fineout reports in The Miami Herald, the Florida House and Senate adopted two new campaign finance rules this week.

The first rule extends the ban on legislators accepting contributions in the regular legislative session to special sessions. This kind of rule, seen in other states, doesn't do much to address lobbyist influence or the larger issue of wealthy interests using big contributions to get their guy or gal into office.

The second rule requires any legislator who solicits money for any type of political committee must register with the House or Senate and create a website that includes all contributions and expenses made by the committee. While this rule's disclosure requirements are a positive step, Florida law still allows unlimited donations to Committees of Continuous Existence, often used by legislators to bankroll runs for leadership positions.

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