Political 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.

2022 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.

Transparency USA provides accurate, searchable data within a few weeks of its availability. Here are the Florida reports TUSA plans to use in 2022:

StateReport NameDue Date
FL2022 Q4 Data (2021 M12)1/10/2022
FL2022 M34/11/2022
FL2022 Primary 27/8/2022
FL2022 Primary 58/5/2022
FL2022 General 19/2/2022
FL2022 General 39/30/2022

*additional reports are be required by Florida filers. If a report is skipped (often because its deadline is close to another), the data from that report is captured in the next update.

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.

How We Display Florida Campaign Finance Data

Campaign finance is complex, with reporting practices that vary widely from state to state. As a reporting system — and not a balance sheet — contributions and expenditures do not balance the way we’d expect if it were an accounting system. In most cases, this does not mean that the data is incomplete, but rather, that entities are following Florida’s unique reporting requirements. 

To help put the numbers in context, we’ve created a state-specific explanation of how we display information reported, including in-kind donations, negative amounts and other unusual items. In Florida, for example, loans are currently displayed as part of total contribution numbers. Florida also sends their data to us on a physical DVD by mail.

Click the link below for a more detailed description of Florida’s campaign finance data and how their unique system is displayed on TUSA:

Data Explanation for Florida