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Dear Members,

A huge thanks for your actions which helped make a difference in Florida today by protecting the peoples' voice.

We are delighted to report that today Governor Crist vetoed House Bill 1207, the campaign finance bill, which you helped us oppose. We commend Governor Charlie Crist for his decision and believe the Governor came down on the side of Florida's citizens rather than the special interests who seek to influence public policy through unlimited campaign contributions. 

The bill would have created a new avenue for legislative leaders to raise campaign contributions from interests with business before the legislature. In the bill they are called "Affiliated Party Committees," but in reality these new campaign finance accounts would have been "Leadership Funds."  Leadership funds were banned under state law over twenty years ago, but legislators have used the political parties and committees to get around the ban. The League believes that rather than recreating and legitimizing leadership funds, the legislature should close the loopholes that exist that allow this practice to continue.

The League of Women Voters of Florida thanks Governor Crist for taking a stand for good government. Today we also thank you, our members and supporters who called or e-mailed the Governor to make him aware of our position.  I also want to recognize our governmental consultant, Ben Wilcox, whose extensive knowledge and experience in this area was critical.

OUR POSITION ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE: The LWVF believes that the methods of financing political campaigns should ensure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process.

Thank you for making a difference for Florida! Thanking you in advance for continuing to assist with our calls to action.

In League,

Deirdre Macnab
President, League of Women Voters of Florida


540 Beverly Court
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Email:  lwvf1@comcast.net
Fax: (850) 222-4485
Telephone:  (850) 224-2545

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