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Florida considers closing a campaign finance loophole

House Speaker Johnnie Byrd is joining the drive to examine a campaign-finance loophole that allows some lawmakers to get unlimited donations from people they don't have to name.

Byrd, a Republican from Plant City who will begin his second session in charge of the House on Tuesday, sent a letter during the weekend to two other lawmakers asking them to write legislation that would address "committees of continuous existence."

The committees have remained largely under the campaign-finance radar screen, allowing sitting lawmakers to raise large amounts of money to fund their ambitions to leadership posts in the Legislature. For example, the expected next speaker, Rep. Allan Bense, R-Panama City, was allowed to raise money in unlimited amounts to support his bid. Bense would mostly use the money to support other candidates who might support him for speaker. -- Speaker joins fight to close loophole (AP)


don't bet on it. i'll be posting on my web page a database on all the leadership CCEs in florida, and their financial links to other CCEs, PACs, and individuals in the coming days.