Florida Senate passes higher campaign contribution limits

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Statewide campaign contribution limits would increase from $500 to $3,000 under a bill passed by the Florida Senate.

The bill (SB 1382) also raises contribution limits for legislative candidates from $500 to $1,000. It passed Wednesday on a 37-2 vote.

While raising limits, it also requires candidates to file campaign finance reports more often. Republican Sen. Jack Latvala of Palm Harbor said it will provide more transparency over who contributes to candidates and how the money is spent.

The bill also allows lawmakers to keep up to $20,000 for their re-election campaigns. They currently can't rollover campaign money for the next election.

Also, a type of political committee that critics say some lawmakers use as slush funds would be eliminated.

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