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Public Campaign Finance - Matching Funds Program

Webpage last updated: September 16, 2021

General Information

By Florida law, statewide candidates can receive public campaign financing in the form of matching funds. See section 7, Article VI, Florida Constitution; Florida Election Campaign Financing Act, sections 106.30 – 106.36, Florida Statutes; Rule 1S-2.047, Florida Administrative Code.

Who is eligible to apply?

Only candidates for the offices of Governor (Governor and Lieutenant Governor candidates are considered a ‘single’ candidate for public financing purposes) or Cabinet are eligible for funding.

What must a candidate do to receive public funding?

The candidate must:

  • File a request with the Division of Elections (Division) within the Department of State upon qualifying for office;

  • Agree to abide by the Act’s expenditure limits;

  • Raise a certain amount of contributions;

  • Limit loans or contributions from the candidate’s personal funds to $25,000 and contributions from national, state, and county executive committees of a political party to $250,000 in the aggregate; and

  • Submit to a post-election audit of the campaign account by the Division.

Refer to 2022 Public Campaign Financing Handbook for further details.

Distributions

Distribution of funds are based on verified matching contributions as shown on campaign finance reports, required to be filed by section 106.07(1)(a), Florida Statutes, listing the contributions received after September 1 of the calendar year prior to the election.

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