FL Rep. Spencer Roach Files to End Zombie Political Committees, Tighten Fundraising Rules

January 10, 2022 Updated 2:16 PM ET

January 10, 2021 Updated 12:06 P.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FCV) – Monday, Florida State Representative Spencer Roach (R) filed House Bill 1359 to make legal changes to fundraising laws in Florida, like outlawing “zombie” political committees.

Political committees must receive contributions or make expenditures over $5,000 in a 24-month period or face dissolution, according to the press release.

“Millions of dollars are being raised into zombie PC’s that become slush funds to subsidize lavish lifestyles, fund junkets to far-flung conferences, or jump-start lobbying careers,” Roach remarked.

The bill will end the practice of fundraising during legislative committee weeks for the legislature: “Committee weeks have devolved into a frenzied orgy of fundraising subsidized by the taxpayers,” Roach said.

“This bill will ensure that committee weeks serve their intended purpose rather than being overshadowed by a series of fundraisers that eclipse the legislative process.”

Roach’s new bill will also prohibit the governor and cabinet officers from fundraising during session and the maximum campaign contribution for legislators will be raised from $1,000 to $3,000 (the current cap for cabinet officers and the governor).

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