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Show Me the Money: Amendment 3



Neither side is saying when they'll go on the air, but both sides of the debate over Amendment 3 -- which would require future state constitutional amendments be passed by a 60 percent of voters -- are sitting on more than $1-million or have already bought that much airtime for their campaigns' final two weeks.

Trust the Voters, the anti-Amendment 3 group, had looked financially outweighted until Friday, when it filed a campaign finance report showing more than $1-million flowing in, $800,000 of it from Chicago-based Americans for Limited Government, which supports citizens initiatives around the country, and $250,000 from the Humane Society of the United States, which backed the famous pregnant pig amendment in the Florida Constitution.

The influx drew a quick attack from Protect Our Constitution, the pro-Amendment 3 camp that's raised $2.3-million. The group is led by the Florida Chamber of Commerce's Mark Wilson.

"We've been saying for years that what is wrong with that position is it's being driven by out-of-state interests," Wilson said. "Most of our money comes from inside the state of Florida, 97 percent of theirs does not."

Paul Seago of Trust the Voters had his own analysis ready when Buzz called: A map showing that $1.6-million of his opponent's money was raised within a few-block radius of Florida's Capitol in Tallahassee. (Click on the image to see it larger.) Amendment_3_1

"They want to have a debate about whose money is pure? On their side is all the special interests that are continually going to the Legislature for favors," Seago said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:33am]


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