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Amendments on property taxes, abortion, religious spending raise most coin

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 The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting has put together a profile of the 11 constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot, documenting the fundraising efforts behind each initiative.

Called Voter’s Edge, the web-based project shows that a handful of amendments have received most of the nearly $1 million shelled out by groups advocating either in support of or opposition to changes to the state’s founding document.

Amendment 4, the sweeping property tax reform bill, clocked in as the most heavily financed amendment, with more than $4 million raised by Realtors who support the change. (A local-government advocacy group has raised more than $10,000 to oppose the amendment).

Coming in second is Amendment 6, which puts some restrictions on abortion in Florida. Led by Planned Parenthood, groups opposing the amendment have raised $2.1 million. Catholic groups have helped supporters of Amendment 6 raise $409,000.

Amendment 8, which deals with state funding for religious institutions came in third, with about $1.6 million raised in total, mostly from opponents.

Minor amendments on micro-targeted tax cuts for veterans, poor seniors and spouses of fallen heroes saw no fundraising on either side.

For a breakdown of the campaign finance information on this year’s Amendments, click on the links below.

Amendment 1: Healthcare
Yes: $0 raised
No: $0 raised

Amendment 2: Veteran Tax Exemption
Yes: $0 raised
No: $0 raised

Amendment 3: State Budgets
Yes: $0 raised
No: $725,700 raised

Amendment 4: Property Tax
Yes: $4.3 million raised
No: $0 raised

Amendment 5: State Courts
Yes: $0 raised
No: $188,000 raised

Amendment 6: Abortion
Yes: $494,000 raised
No: $2.1 million raised

Amendment 8: Religion
Yes: $394,200 raised
No: $1.2 million raised

Amendment 9: Tax Exemption for Spouses of Veterans
Yes: $0 raised
No: $0 raised

Amendment 10: Taxes
Yes: $97,900 raised
No: $0 raised

Amendment 11: Additional Homestead Exemption
Yes: $0 raised
No: $0 raised

Amendment 12: State University
Yes: $0 raised
No: $0 raised

[Last modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 5:02pm]

    

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