Let the Money Roll

Campaign contributions for legislative candidates will double from five hundred to a thousand dollars under legislation moving like a freight train. Statewide candidates will see limits go from five hundred to three thousand.

"You know you're not going to be able to take money out of politics," said Sen. Jack Latvala.

The Legislation also leaves open the door for unlimited contributions to political parties. That was something State Senator Darren Soto tried to stop.

"The exceptions that we have right now, are big enough to drive a freight train through it," said Sen. Darren Soto.

In exchange for more cash, candidates will have to report more frequently.

"The Supreme Court is heading in direction of no limits on what you can give in a political campaign because of free speech considerations. So the best we're going to be able to do in a long run is just try to provide the transparency to go with that," said Sen. Jack Latvala.

Sen. Jeff Clemmons was one of two no votes.

"I just don't think we can go back to our constituents and tell them that we doubled the campaign contribution limits and say that with a straight face as if it's a good idea," said Clemmons.

But the citizen watchdog, Common Cause, calls the reform a sham. The Governor isn’t far behind.

"No one has shown me the rational for raising these limits, so I don't know why we'd be doing this," said Governor Scott.

Lawmakers are expected to force the Governor to act before they go home a week from Friday. And the unanswered question is whether they have the votes to override a potential veto.

Scott could use his support for raising limits to trade for the 2500 dollar across the board teacher pay raise that lawmakers have been so far reluctant to give him.


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