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‘Keep Our Constitution Clean’ gets $1.8 million boost

Almost all of the total came from nonprofit Keep Our Constitution Clean, Inc.

A political committee seeking to make it harder to amend the Florida Constitution received more than $1.8 million in contributions in August as it quickly gathers petition signatures.

The Keep Our Constitution Clean committee is backing a proposal that would require voters to approve constitutional amendments twice — instead of once — for them to take effect.

If the committee can submit enough petition signatures by a February deadline and receive Florida Supreme Court approval of the proposal’s wording, the issue would go on the November 2020 ballot.

The committee received $1.84 million in contributions in August, with almost all of the total listed as in-kind contributions of petition gathering from a non-profit known as Keep Our Constitution Clean, Inc., according to a finance report filed with the state.

The non-profit contributed $816,000 to the effort in July.

As of Friday morning, the Keep Our Constitution Clean committee had submitted 56,913 valid petition signatures to the state Division of Elections.

By comparison, it had submitted 5,145 signatures as of Aug. 13. The committee needs to submit 76,632 valid signatures to trigger a Supreme Court review of the ballot wording.

Ultimately, it would need to submit 766,200 signatures to get on the 2020 ballot.

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