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Message from the Sierra Club Florida Political Committee

Sierra Club Endorsements for Candidates in Federal races will be posted on the Sierra Club National website: Political Endorsements.

To have elected officials who will make the right environmental decisions we need to elect the right officials. We in the Sierra Club have known that for a long time and thatís why we spend time and money every year making our endorsement decisions and backing the right candidates.

Endorsements for Candidates in Florida races will be posted on the Florida Chapter website: Florida Political Endorsements.

To get prepared for elections, Sierra Groups in Florida send their political committee representatives to be trained. This political training is MANDATORY for Groups wishing to be involved in endorsement activities.

The candidate endorsement process is under the strict supervision of the Sierra Club Florida Political Committee, and by the National Polical Committee of the Sierra Club. The rules for backing and contributing to political candidates are stringent and the penalties for not following them can be severe.

Group newsletter editors need to follow the compliance rules for posting endorsements. Everything you need to know is on clubhouse. Go to the SCPT Compliance Guidelines Home at clubhouse.sierraclub.org/politics/compliance/scpcguidelines/ and scroll down to the section on newsletters and electronic media.

Webmasters, bloggers, online media - you cannot post endorsements on blog, facebook, or other sites with the Sierra Club Group or Chapter name on them. Also, the rules in Florida do not allow the posting of endorsements on the Sierra Club Group or Chapter websites.

Guidelines for Florida Endorsements

Federal Endorsements

Consideration for endorsement of candidates, including incumbents and challengers, will begin with the Group Political Chairs in each relevant congressional district. The Groups will make initial contacts with candidates and facilitate the early stages of the endorsement process including the questionnaire and interview as prescribed by SCPC Endorsement Guidelines beginning in Section 2-000. The Groups will make endorsement recommendations to the SC Florida Political Committee. The Political Committee will serve as the first voting body and the SCPC Endorsements and Allocations Subcommittee will serve as the second voting body for these endorsements. If necessary, the SCPC may still act in accordance with procedures outlined in section 2-720 – Approval without Chapter Agreement or Recommendation.

 

State and Local Endorsements

The endorsements will continue to originate with the Groups. However, state candidates and local candidates will be handled using slightly different procedures.

In most cases, state legislative candidate endorsements will be approved using a three tier system. First, an endorsement will be initiated by the Group Executive Committees of all the groups in a particular legislative district. Those recommendations will be forwarded to the SC Florida Political Committee for a second vote. The third and final approval for these endorsements will be made by the SCPC Endorsements and Allocations Subcommittee. If Groups fail to act in key races, the endorsement may be initiated by the Political Committee. In this case, the SCPC Endorsements and Allocations Subcommittee would still be required to provide the required second level of approval.

Local endorsement process will be through one of the Regional Political Committees – made up of the Political Chairs of the included groups – acting as the final approving body. The Group Executive Committee will act as the first voting body for these endorsements and forward recommendations to the appropriate Regional Political Committee. The Regional Political Committee will vote on the recommendations and report the results to the SC Florida Political Committee.

Except as specifically outlined above, all other Sierra Club Political Committee Compliance Guidelines related to endorsements (Section 2-000) apply.

 


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