Politcal Profile for Florida

Limits to Campaign Contributions

Candidates for statewide office and retention to the Florida Supreme Court are limited to accepting up to $3,000 per donor, per election. They may also accept up to $3,000 per political action committee, per election. 

Candidates for the Florida legislature are limited to accepting $1,000 per donor, per election. They may also accept up to $1,000 per political action committee (PAC), per election. 

Statewide candidates are limited to accepting $250,000 in contributions from state political party committees per election cycle. Legislative candidates may accept up to $50,000 per political party committee per election cycle.

Candidates may make unlimited loans to their own campaigns. Loans from other persons or entities are generally considered contributions and are subject to the above-described limits.

Statewide candidates are limited to accepting up to $3,000 per corporation or union, per election. Legislative candidates are limited to accepting $1,000 per corporation or union, per election. Super PACs may not contribute to candidates.

Filing Deadlines

Candidates are required to file detailed reports on their campaign donations and expenditures to the Florida Secretary of State. Florida requires seven reports related to their primary elections and six related to their general elections. Florida’s primary elections were held August 18, 2020.

The Florida State Legislature

The Florida state legislature meets in session for 60 consecutive days every year.

Florida House Representatives serve two-year terms. and are limited to serving four terms (eight years).

Florida Senators serve four-year terms and are limited to serving two terms (eight years).

Florida Statewide Office Holders

Florida statewide office holders (such as the governor and lieutenant governor) serve four-year terms and are up for reelection in non-presidential election years. They are limited to two terms in office.