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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700341: Unlimited Political Spending Is Not Free Speech by Margaret Stein

ARTICLE VI: SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS, Section 7. Campaign spending limits and funding of campaigns for elective state-wide office.

SECTION 7.Campaign spending limits and funding of campaigns for elective state-wide office.

It is the policy of this state to provide for state-wide elections in which all qualified candidates may compete effectively. A method of public financing for campaigns for state-wide office shall be established by law. Spending limits shall be established for such campaigns for candidates who use public funds in their campaigns. The legislature shall provide funding for this provision. General law implementing this paragraph shall be at least as protective of effective competition by a candidate who uses public funds as the general law in effect on January 1, 1998. In furtherance of this policy, The People of Florida urge the legislature to use all appropriate and alwful authority to advance and expedite the passage and ratification of an amendment to the United States Constitution to make clear that unlimited political contributions and expenditures to influence elections is not free speech, drafted and construed so as to protect the integrity and fairness of elections and government, prevent corruption and secure the right of all Americans to be represetned and to participate in self-government as equal citizens.