Lawmakers target uncapped campaign contributions

Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg | Photo courtesy of the Missouri Senate
Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg | Photo courtesy of the Missouri Senate

Missouri lawmakers have spent the first part of the session angling to overhaul the state’s ethics regulations. But for at least one Republican lawmaker, one issue has been absent from the discussion: capping campaign contributions.

The Senate Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee held a hearing on a bill sponsored by Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, on Tuesday morning. It would place limits on how much a donor can give to candidates for state representative, state senator or statewide office. It would also require 501(c)(4) organizationss to disclose their expenditures.

Pearce says campaign contribution limits are the most important part of ethics reform, but other Republicans argue that there’s more transparency without campaign finance laws.

The full Senate is expected to consider this week ethics proposals passed by the House.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, Missourinet


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