While Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Secretary of State Jason Kander and even some Republicans talk about restoring limits on campaign donations, the man considered the likely Democratic nominee for governor in 2016 is collecting large donations at a frenetic clip. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has raised more than $1.2 million from 68 donations larger than $5,000 apiece this year, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission’s records. Most of his large donations have been more than $10,000 each.
The large donations make up most of the $1.4 million he has reported raising so far this year, according to his last major campaign-finance report filed in mid-October. As a Republican state senator, before switching parties, he voted to eliminate campaign donation limits. The old limits — abolished by the General Assembly and Republican Gov. Matt Blunt in 2008 — restricted statewide candidates to individual donations of no more than $1,350.
A bill pre-filed by state Sen. Will Kraus would set the contribution limit for statewide candidates at $10,000 apiece.