New quarterly fundraising report requirements kick in for Florida candidates

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Fundraising reports will now be due on the 10th of January, April, July and October.

Florida’s long-standing requirement for state and local candidates to file monthly fundraising reports is no more.

The new schedule is quarterly, same as for federal candidates.

June was the last month for which monthly reports had to be filed under the old rule.

The new reporting dates for state, county and municipal candidates are the 10th days of January, April, July and October. If the day falls on a weekend, the deadline is the next regular business day.

The change is due to a sweeping voting reform package (SB 7050) Republicans pushed through the Legislature last Session.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the measure May 24 to make 27 changes to the state Elections Code.

The law makes it a third-degree felony to harass election workers, raises fines for election law violations and eliminates a prior requirement that Supervisors of Election publish certain voting information in a local newspaper. That information may now instead be simply published on the county’s website.

It also added difficulties for third-party voter registration organizations, requiring them to re-register with the state every General Election cycle.

Most notably, SB 7050 provided DeSantis extra job security by removing ambiguity about whether Florida’s resign-to-run law applies to presidential and vice presidential candidates (it now most certainly does not).

A separate but related measure (SB 1616) the GOP supermajority in Tallahassee also cleared exempts law enforcement records on travel and security from public disclosure.

The effects of that new law was made evident late last month, when records of a roadway accident the Governor was involved in while campaigning for President in Tennessee revealed he is using state government vehicles, funded by Florida taxpayer dollars, to seek federal office.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • Just what the public clamored for, right?

    August 11, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    The roar of public opinion demanding less timely transparency was deafening. Less readily available information is clearly in the public interest, right?

  • A. Bunker

    August 11, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    “…he is using state government vehicles, funded by Florida taxpayer dollars, to seek federal office.”
    With my money? Lock him up or give me my refund. I’d rather pay a dog to shit on my lawn than waste my money on this loser.

    • Dont Say FLA

      August 12, 2023 at 3:46 pm

      A dog to shitting on her lawn is what triggered the events that led to formerly progressive-minded Ashli Babbit’s demise when the “manly” MAGGA “men” bet her life that the cops wouldn’t shoot a lady and shoved her through the door first.

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 12, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    State of Tennessee has no privacy rules enabled for protecting Rhonda. Tennessee can tell everybody the cost to Florida of the Rhonda Campaign’s crashes (of Florida State Government vehicles, not the polling crashes and/or the resets).

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