Form DS-DE 9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates is the first document that needs to be filed with the filing officer to become a candidate. A candidate may appoint a campaign treasurer and designate a campaign depository at any time prior to the date the candidate qualifies for office.
A candidate for an office voted upon statewide may appoint not more than 15 deputy campaign treasurers and any other candidate or political committee may appoint not more than 3 deputy campaign treasurers. F.S. 106.021(1)(a)
Yes. No elected official may qualify as a candidate for another public office, whether state, district, county, or municipal, if the terms or any part thereof run concurrently with each other, without resigning from the office he/she presently holds. An elected official must resign at least 10 days before the first day of qualifying to be a candidate. F.S. 99.012
Before collecting signatures, candidates must file the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository (Form DS-DE9) with the filing officer. Each petition must be submitted before noon of the 28th day preceding the first day of the qualifying period for the office sought to the Supervisor of Elections.
A candidate may withdraw up to $500 per calendar quarter (approximately $40 per week) until after qualifying, then up to $100 per week. Withdrawals must be in amounts less than $30 and may be used only for office supplies, transportation expenses and other necessities. At no time can petty cash be used for the purchase of time, space or any other communications media. F.S. 106.12
No. Florida Statutes contain advance notice provisions for this type of expenditure. However, those provisions are no longer enforceable as being a prior restraint on free speech following a recent order of the U.S. District Court.
Yes. Pursuant to Florida Statute 106.141(5), “the office account established pursuant to this subsection shall be separate from any personal or other account. Any funds so transferred by a candidate shall be used only for legitimate expenses in connection with the candidate’s public office”.
No. Pursuant to Florida Statute 106.141(1) a candidate is allowed to endorse any refund checks received and dispose of the funds under the permissible methods contained therein. The candidate must file an amended report showing the refund and subsequent disposition.
No. Pursuant to Chapter 479 of the Florida Statutes, no political campaign advertisements shall be erected, posted, painted, tacked, nailed, or otherwise displayed, placed, or located on or above any state or county road right-of-way.
No. Florida Statute 106.15(4) prohibits a person from making, soliciting or knowingly accepting any political contribution in a building owned by a government entity. However, this does not apply when a government-owned building or any portion thereof is rented for the specific purpose of holding a campaign fund-raiser.