Resolution to Gut Florida’s Public Campaign Financing Heads to November Ballot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the state legislature took a final vote on SJR 1114, a resolution that seeks to remove public campaign financing from the Florida Constitution and make it harder for more diverse candidates to run for public office.  

This resolution leaves candidates more beholden to wealthy special interests, and limits the voice of small-dollar donors and ordinary voters.  

After today’s vote, the Resolution will go to the November ballot for voters to consider. 

In response to today’s vote, Amy Keith, Executive Director of Common Cause Florida shared the following: 

“Let’s be clear: Seeking to repeal laws that address this issue of special interests and big campaign donors is a step backward. It silences the voices of everyday Floridians and gives favor to the wealthy to corrupt our politics.  

“This resolution goes against the will of Florida voters, who have already affirmed their support for the Public Campaign Financing System on two separate occasions, in 1998 and 2010.

“Florida’s public campaign financing system is defined in and governed by statute, which means that this legislature has the power to improve the current system through statute to better serve the purpose the people of Florida voted for when they put it in the constitution. 

“Legislators have ignored the voices of Floridians by making voters return to the ballot box for a third time on this. Common Cause Florida is committed to educating Florida voters about this anti-democratic bill and ensuring that our democracy works for everyone, not just a select few.”