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Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance won’t affect state, local races

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The U.S. Supreme Court shook the political world on Thursday with its ruling that the government may not ban political spending by corporations for or against candidates.

For state and local races – governor, Legislature, county commission and municipal councils and commissions – the ruling has no effect.

“The prohibitions that were in the federal law don’t apply to Florida state and local races,” said Mark Herron, a Tallahassee lawyer considered the top expert on Florida election law. “Under Florida law, corporations can give to candidates. Corporations can engage in communications related to candidates.”

The impact: “In terms of state races, absolutely none.” Read the rest of this story here.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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