Orlando, Florida (AP) --
Florida voters will soon decide whether to abandon the state's system of public campaign financing for governor and three other statewide offices.
Amendment 1 on the Nov. 2 ballot would repeal a state
constitutional provision that requires public financing of
campaigns for governor, chief financial officer, attorney general
and agriculture commissioner for candidates who agree to spending
Amendment 1's supporters argue public campaign funding is a
welfare system for candidates and the money would be better spent
on education and other state needs.
Opponents say getting rid of the system would give wealthier
candidates an unfair advantage. They point to Rick Scott spending
$50 million to win the Republican nomination for governor.