Orlando, FL (AP) - An amendment to abandon Florida's public
campaign financing system has been rejected by voters.
The amendment would have repealed a provision in the state
constitution that requires public financing of campaigns for
governor, chief financial officer, attorney general and agriculture
commissioner for candidates who agree to spending limits.
With 89 percent of the expected vote counted Tuesday night, 52.6
percent favored passing Amendment 1. At least 60 percent of voters
had to approve it to pass.
Supporters of the amendment argued public campaign funding is a
welfare system for candidates and the money would be better spent
on the state's needs. Opponents said getting rid of the system
would give wealthier candidates an unfair advantage.
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