Florida Contribution Limits


A candidate may not accept contributions after the date he or she withdraws his or her candidacy, is defeated, or becomes unopposed or is elected. A candidate is unopposed when the following occurs:

(1) The qualifying period is over and no other candiate qualifies for the same office.
(2) The first primary is over and the candidate has no opposition in the second primary or general election.
(3) The second primary is over and the candidate has no opposition in the general election.

Note
Any contribution received by a candidate after being notified by the qualifying officer that he or she has become unopposed as a result of an independent or minor party candidate failing to obtain the required number of signatures shall be returend to the contributor.

FIRST PRIMARY SECOND PRIMARY GENERAL ELECTION
If opposed
in the first primary
$500
Not less than 5 days prior to the election
(08/26/98)
If opposed in the first and
second primaries
$500
Not less than 5 days prior to the election
(08/26/98)
$500
Not less than 5 days prior to the election
(09/23/98)
If opposed in the first primary, second primary and the general election $500
Not less than 5 days prior to the election
(08/26/98)
$500
Not less than 5 days prior to the election
(09/23/98)
$500
Not less than 5 days prior to the election
(10/28/98)
If opposed in the first primary and the general election $500
Not less than 5 days prior to the election
(08/26/98)
$500
Through the day of the election
(10/01/98)
$500
Not less than 5 days prior to the election
(10/28/98)
If candidate is opposed only in the general election $500
Through the day of the election
(09/01/98)
$500
Through the day of the election
(10/01/98)
$500
Not less than 5 days prior to the election
(10/28/98)
Candidate for the Retention as Justice of the Supreme Court or Judge of a District Court of Appeal(1) $0(a) $0(a) $500
Not less than 5 days prior to the election
(10/28/98)
Circuit or County Judge(2) $500
Not less than 5 days prior to the election
(08/26/98)
$0(b) $500
Not less than 5 days prior to the election
(10/28/98)

(a) Contributions may be collected during the first and second primaries, but only apply to the general election limitation.

(b) Contributions may be collected during the second primary, but only apply to the general election limitation.


(1) Candidates considered opposed but has only one election--the general election.

(2) Candidate has only two elections--the first primary and the general election.


Further restrictions and limitations on campaign contributions

Information provided by the Florida Department of State--Division of Elections