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11.501

11.501 Definitions. In ss. 11.501 to 11.522:

11.501(1)

(1) "Allowable contribution" means a qualifying contribution, seed money contribution, or personal contribution authorized under ss. 11.502 to 11.522.

11.501(2)

(2) "Campaign" has the meaning given in s. 11.26 (17).

11.501(3)

(3) "Election campaign period" means the period beginning on the day after the spring primary election or the day on which a primary election would be held, if required, and ending on the day of the succeeding spring election.

11.501(4)

(4) "Eligible candidate" means a candidate for the office of justice who has an opponent who has qualified to have his or her name certified for placement on the ballot at the spring primary or election and who qualifies for a public financing benefit by collecting the required number of qualifying contributions, making all required reports and disclosures, and being certified by the board as being in compliance with ss. 11.502 to 11.522.

11.501(5)

(5) "Excess disbursement amount" means the amount of disbursements made by a nonparticipating candidate in excess of the public financing benefit available to an eligible candidate for the same office that the nonparticipating candidate seeks.

11.501(6)

(6) "Excess qualifying contribution amount" means the amount of qualifying contributions accepted by a candidate beyond the number or dollar amount of contributions required to qualify a candidate for a public financing benefit.

11.501(7)

(7) "Exploratory period" means the period that begins after the date of a spring election immediately preceding a public financing qualifying period and ends on the first day of the public financing qualifying period for the next election for justice.

11.501(9)

(9) "Immediate family," when used with reference to a candidate, includes the candidate's spouse and children.

11.501(10)

(10) "Independent disbursement" means a disbursement by a person expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate which is made without cooperation or consultation with a candidate, or any authorized committee or agent of a candidate, and which is not made in concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, any candidate, or any authorized committee or agent of a candidate.

11.501(11)

(11) "Nonparticipating candidate" means a candidate for the office of justice who does not apply for a public financing benefit or who is otherwise ineligible or fails to qualify for a public financing benefit under ss. 11.502 to 11.522.

11.501(12)

(12) "Personal funds" means funds contributed by a candidate or a member of a candidate's immediate family.

11.501(13)

(13) "Primary election campaign period" means the period beginning on the day after the last day prescribed by law for filing nomination papers for the office of justice and ending on the day of the spring primary election for that office or the day on which the primary election would be held, if required.

11.501(14)

(14) "Public financing benefit" means a benefit provided to an eligible candidate under ss. 11.502 to 11.522.

11.501(15)

(15) "Public financing qualifying period" means, for each election for the office of justice, the period beginning on the first day of July of the year immediately preceding the year of that election and ending on the day before the beginning of the primary election campaign period for that office.

11.501(16)

(16) "Qualifying contribution" means a contribution in an amount of not less than $5 nor more than $100 made to a candidate by an elector of this state during the public financing qualifying period, which is acknowledged by written receipt identifying the contributor.

11.501(17)

(17) "Seed money contribution" means a contribution in an amount of not more than $100 made to a candidate by an elector of this state during the exploratory period or the public financing qualifying period, or a contribution made to a candidate consisting of personal funds of that candidate in an amount not more than the amount authorized under s. 11.507 during the exploratory period or the public financing qualifying period.

11.501 - ANNOT.

History: 2009 a. 89, 216.