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Amendment One Fails: No Repeal of Campaign Financing


Tallahassee, FL – More people voted for Amendment One than against it, but the proposal to repeal the public campaign financing requirement didn't get the sixty-percent approval needed for passage. Gina Jordan reports.

Amendment 1 would have repealed a 12-year-old measure that requires the state to provide candidates for public office with matching funds. Dierdre Macnab is President of the League of Women Voters of Florida.

"You know, particularly given the recessionary times we're in, people still did not vote to overturn public campaign financing."

The League doesn't want to see the matching funds eliminated, but Macnab says they hope lawmakers will roll back the spending limits.

"Citizens should go back to their elected officials and say yes, we are spending too much money on campaign financing, so let's reduce it back to the levels it was before you increased it by 300 percent."

Macnab says campaign finance has been successful and is recognized as a best practice nationally for leveling the playing field for candidates and increasing competition in state races.