Massive campaign contributions pour into Missouri coffers

The days of unlimited campaign contributions in Missouri could be coming to an end this November, but looming limits aren’t doing much to slow down Missouri’s mega donors.

A constitutional amendment will appear on the November ballot re-establishing campaign contribution limits that were repealed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2008. In the meantime, six- and seven-figure donations continue to pour into Missouri political campaigns at a faster clip than ever before.

There have been 10 contributions in the last two months of more than $1 million, going to both individual candidates and ballot measures. Since the Aug. 2 primary, $27 million in donations larger than $5,000 have been reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission. That figure is more than double the total of large contributions during the same time period in 2014 and $10 million more than in 2012.

Some of the biggest donors since the primary have been focused on a handful of measures that will appear on the November ballot, including two rival tobacco tax measures and a service sales tax ban.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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