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DATE: July 23, 2002
TO: Agency Addressed (No. 02, 2002-03)
FROM: Douglas A. Darling, Director
Division of Accounting & Auditing
Office of Comptroller
SUBJECT: Expenditures In Support Of, Or In Opposition To, Candidate Or Issue Appearing On Ballot

Chapter 2002-402, Laws of Florida, is the implementing bill for the 2002-2003 General Appropriations Act. Section 78 of the bill provides the following:

“It is the policy of the state that no state agency or local governmental entity receiving any funds pursuant to the 2002-2003 General Appropriations Act shall expend any such funds for newspaper, magazine, direct mail, radio, television, or outdoor advertising in support of, or in opposition to, any candidate or issue appearing on the ballot. Any violation of this policy shall result in the forfeiture and reversion of 5 percent of state funds appropriated or distributed to that agency or entity in the 2002-2003 General Appropriations Act. The Comptroller or Chief Financial Officer shall be responsible for the enforcement of this section.”

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify you of these requirements and request your compliance. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Spooner at 410-9363 or Suncom 210-9363

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