Each election year, all eyes focus on the Sunshine State, where Florida voters are always expected to vote in key battleground contests. This cycle was no different, with Floridians deciding races that will shape their state for years to come. In addition to the candidates who place their names on the ballot, political action committees also play a major role in Florida’s elections, backing candidates and measures up and down the ballot. Here is a look at the ten top PACs, ranked by donations received in Florida’s 2020 state-level elections, as of the most recently available data.
The Republican Party of Florida is again number one on the list of the top PACs in Florida, reporting $41,763,064 in contributions. The Republican Party of Florida supports Republican candidates up and down the ballot in Florida.
The Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee is next up on the list, following the state party organization, reporting $37,934,015 in contributions. The Florida Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee’s primary goal is to elect Republicans to Florida’s State Senate.
The Florida Democratic Party has increased its fundraising this cycle, becoming the third highest-raising PAC in Florida with $13,582,638.20 in contributions. The Florida Democratic Party’s main goal is to help elect Democrats across the state.
The Florida Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is close behind the FDP, making a late-cycle appearance on the Top 10 list for 2020. Florida Senate Victory, as the Florida DLCC is known, received $13,198,081 in total donations toward its goals of defending “incumbent Democratic Senators and work[ing] to elect more Democrats to the Florida Senate.”
With $11,445,000 in donations, the Florida arm of the federal Forward Majority Action PAC worked to flip the Florida State House of Representatives blue. Although ultimately unsuccessful in 2020, the PAC’s financial support still landed them in fifth place for overall PAC donations.
Keep Our Constitution Clean PC is next up on the list of the top ten PACs in Florida, with $9,010,146 in contributions reported. Keep Our Constitution Clean PC supported Florida Amendment 4 in this year’s election, which would have changed the process for adding amendments to the Florida Constitution. Under the Amendment, Floridians would have been required to pass a proposed constitutional amendment in two separate elections in order for an amendment to take effect. Amendment 4 did not pass on November 3, 2020, receiving just under 48 percent of the vote.
Make It Legal Florida takes its place among the top PACs in the state with $8,369,564 in contributions. Make It Legal Florida’s primary goal is to support a proposed constitutional amendment to allow “adults 21 years or older to possess, use, purchase, display, and transport up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and marijuana accessories for personal use for any reason.” While not on the 2020 ballot, the amendment may appear on the 2022 ballot, according to Ballotpedia.org.
The Realtors Political Advocacy Committee is next up on the list of Florida PACs with $8,321,275. This PAC’s primary goal is to support candidates recommended by realtors in Florida, including a group of candidates the group supported in the state’s 2020 legislative elections.
Florida Citizen Voters is next, with $8,296,552 in contributions. Florida Citizen Voters supported Florida Amendment 1 in the November 3 election, which changed the wording in the Florida Constitution to “only a citizen” of the United States can vote in Florida elections. The measure passed with 79 percent of voters in support.
All Voters Vote, Inc. is next up on the list of the top ten PACs with $7,737,825 in contributions. All Voters Vote, Inc. supported Florida Amendment 3 on the November 3 ballot, which would have allowed all registered voters in Florida to vote in a single primary featuring candidates from every party, regardless of party affiliation, with the top two candidates in the primary advancing to the general election. Amendment 3 failed to receive the support of at least 60 percent of voters, which would have been required for passage.