What is the Florida CPA/PAC?

The Florida CPA/PAC is a bipartisan committee that contributes funds to candidates who support CPA interests.  The Florida CPA/PAC financially assists candidates and legislators who actively support CPA business issues - people we need in office to support the CPA profession.  Every contribution is vital to create maximum impact and make our voice heard. A key factor in determining the strength of the accounting profession in Florida's political arena is the strength of the Florida CPA/PAC. Every contribution is vital to create maximum impact and give a clear, pro-business message to legislators.  PAC=CPA. Without support from the PAC, the CPA license is at risk.

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In 2001, The Florida CPA/PAC was separated into three geographic regions.  Each chapter is "nested" into one of the three regions and members are assigned to one of the three regions based on geographic location.

  • Florida CPA/PAC North - encompasses 11 chapters
  • Florida CPA/PAC Central - encompasses 9 chapters
  • Florida CPA/PAC South - encompasses 7 chapters

Who Governs the Florida CPA/PAC?

Its responsibilities and activities, with the exception of its day-to-day administration, are directed by a Board of Directors.  Directors are geographically disbursed and politically balanced between Republicans and Democrats.  All directors must be members of the Florida CPA/PAC and must be committed to analyzing candidates and promoting the Florida CPA/PAC.   The directors must be sustaining members and serve without compensation.

What is the Goal of the Florida CPA/PAC?

The goal of the Florida CPA/PAC is to secure the CPAs' scope of practice and enhance CPAs' business opportunities by helping elect candidates who support CPAs.  Florida CPA/PAC funds are used for contributions to support candidates running for the Florida House, Florida Senate and Florida Cabinet who support the interests of the CPA profession in Florida.

How do I become a member of the Florida CPA/PAC?

The Florida CPA/PAC has a proud tradition of success in support of business-minded candidates. Help us continue to ensure the strong presence of the CPA profession in legislative and regulatory activities by supporting the Florida CPA/PAC.   Donors will be recognized at the following levels:
 

Trendsetter $500 In addition to being eligible for a CPA/PAC golf shirt & gold lapel pin, donors at this level receive exclusive access to information about CPA/PAC progress and updates.
Pacesetter $250 In addition to being eligible for a CPA/PAC golf shirt & gold lapel pin, donors at this level receive exclusive access to information about CPA/PAC progress and updates.
Committee of 100 $100 Donors at this level receive exclusive access to information about CPA/PAC progress and updates.
Sustaining $50 Donors at this level receive exclusive access to information about CPA/PAC progress and updates.
Active $25 Donors at this level receive exclusive access to information about CPA/PAC progress and updates.
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Contributions to the Florida CPA/PAC are voluntary and are not a requirement for membership in the FICPA. Contributions to the Florida CPA/PAC are political contributions and are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.

Contributing to the Florida CPA/PAC helps protect the trust, confidence and esteem the CPA license holds in the public's eye.  For your contributing convenience, we provide an online form where you can use your debit or credit card. 

However, if you prefer to contribute by check, please make check payable to Florida CPA/PAC and mail to:
 

Florida CPA PAC
250 S. Orange Ave, Suite 300P
Orlando, FL  32801

 

Elections

As a member of the FICPA, you have the opportunity to recommend a candidate running for the Florida House of Representatives or the Florida Senate. To do so, please have the candidate complete and return a Candidate Questionnaire.

The FICPA Governmental Affairs Team will research and review all information on the candidates and provide the information to the trustees of the Florida CPA/PAC for further discussion and evaluation.

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Supporting Candidates

Contributions are made at various times during a two-year election cycle.  Contribution decisions are based upon careful research during the election cycle supplied to the Florida CPA/PAC directors by the FICPA Governmental Affairs Team.  Information is gathered from the following sources:

  • Recommendations from local CPAs
  • Interviews with potential candidates
  • Assessment of the candidate’s position on issues of importance to Florida CPAs, or an incumbent legislator’s past performance on issues related to the CPA profession; and
  • Evaluation of the “electability” of the candidate: the strength of the opposition, the candidate’s need for funds, and examination of voter registration in each legislative district.
  • In addition, staff works in cooperation with other pro-business lobbying organizations to gather information on potential candidates.

How is the Florida CPA/PAC related to the FICPA?

Florida CPA/PAC contributions help CPAs gain access to key legislators to keep them informed of important issues affecting the CPA profession.  PAC contributions, in concert with strong advocacy efforts from the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA), help ensure our voice is heard at the Florida Capitol.  The Florida CPA/PAC is supported by voluntary contributions of members of the FICPA and others. The Florida CPA/PAC is registered as a corporation with the Florida Division of Corporations and as a Political Committee with the Division of Elections within the Florida Department of State.

 

Why should I get involved?

To ensure that the accounting profession continues to have a strong presence in Florida's legislative and regulatory activities, as many individuals as possible must be involved in the political process.  A key factor in determining the strength of the accounting profession in Florida's political arena is the strength of the Florida CPA/PAC.

The Florida CPA/PAC financially assists candidates and legislators who actively support CPA business issues - people we need in office to support the CPA profession.  Every contribution is vital to create maximum impact and give a clear, pro-business message to legislators.  PAC=CPA. Without support from the PAC, the CPA license is at risk.

Who can become a member?

The Florida CPA/PAC is supported by voluntary contributions. Currently, each FICPA member is asked to make a minimum voluntary contribution of $25 per year. However, any member of the general public may apply for membership in the Florida CPA/PAC. A contribution to the Florida CPA/PAC is the fastest, simplest, most efficient way to get involved in the political process and its positive effects on the CPA profession.

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Jason Harrell
Chief External Affairs Officer
jasonh@ficpa.org
850-521-5955

Legislative & Regulatory Issues
Board of Accountancy
Florida CPA Political Action Committee

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Lauren Henderson
Deputy Director of Governmental Affairs
laurenh@ficpa.org
850-521-5904

Legislative & Regulatory Issues
Advocacy Communications
Florida CPA Political Action Committee

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Brayden Harrell
Legislative Affairs & Governance Manager
braydenh@ficpa.org
850-521-5956

Legislative & Regulatory Issues
Advocacy Communications
Florida CPA Political Action Committee