Elections, Ethics, and Campaign Finance: Preparing to Comply With Florida's New Campaign Finance and Ethics Laws

18 June 2013 Web Conference Past Event

Location

Web Conference

Contact Information

Zulaikha Rahim
zrahim@foley.com

Agenda

9:00 a.m. Central

Program Duration
90 Minutes
Foley cordially invites you to attend our Elections, Ethics, and Campaign Finance Web Conference regarding the sweeping changes to Florida’s campaign finance and ethics laws recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. The changes are far-reaching and will affect every elected official and candidate as well as any entity who makes campaign contributions to any elected official.

Key provisions of HB 569 and SB 2 include but are not limited to:

  • Increasing the limits for campaign contributions by various amounts depending upon the office sought
  • Prohibiting all Committees of Continuous Existence (CCE) by September 30, 2013
  • Creating strict employment requirements for former legislators and their new employers
  • Tripling the number of campaign finance reports required
  • Allowing unlimited campaign contributions into Political Committees

Campaign finance laws can be confusing and a trap for the unwary. A violation of Florida’s campaign finance laws carries hefty financial penalties and, in the case of a willful violation, criminal penalties; therefore, careful attention to the newly enacted statutory laws is imperative for any candidate, political committee, or campaign contributor.

During this Web conference, we will cover:

  • Florida’s increase in campaign contribution limits and the specific limits for each office candidate
  • The requirement that candidates and Political Committees will now have to file triple the number of campaign finance reports as in prior years; quarterly reports will be replaced with required monthly reports, and as an election draws nearer, weekly and daily reports
  • The established “wind-down” process for all CCEs, key effective dates, and permissible expenditures of CCE funds during the wind-down period
  • The viability of organizations replacing their current CCE with a newly created Political Committee, and a discussion of the contribution and expenditure rules for Political Committees
  • Potential reporting requirements of an organization hiring a former legislator, and the accompanying limitations on that former legislator’s employment

Speakers

  • Thomas C. Feeney III, President and CEO, Associated Industries of Florida; former U.S. Congressman; former Speaker, Florida House of Representatives
  • Erika E. Lorenz Alba, Public Affairs Director, Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Jonathan P. Kilman, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Ryan D. Tyson, Vice President of Political Operations, Associated Industries of Florida

For additional information, please contact Zulaikha Rahim at zrahim@foley.com.

CLE credits will be applied for in all applicable states. Foley & Lardner LLP certifies that this activity has been approved for California MCLE credits by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 General credits. Foley & Lardner LLP is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider. Please note that participants must log in to both the teleconference and Adobe Connect portions on the date of the event; credit may not be obtained by viewing and/or listening to a program recording after the event.

People

Erika E. Alba

Director, Public Affairs

Related Services

Elections, Ethics, and Campaign Finance: Preparing to Comply With Florida's New Campaign Finance and Ethics Laws

Location

Web Conference

Contact Information

Zulaikha Rahim
zrahim@foley.com

Agenda

9:00 a.m. Central

Program Duration
90 Minutes