Proposal to cap political donations in Missouri may be headed to voters

Supporters of campaign contribution limits in Missouri have submitted more than 272,000 petition signatures in a bid to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

The initiative comes after the state’s General Assembly decided it would not re-impose campaign donation limits in the state. Currently, Missouri has no limits on political giving, and some donors routinely give five- and six-figure checks to candidates.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, applauded the effort, calling it a “big step toward cleaning up Jefferson City.”

The measure would cap donations to candidates at $2,600 per election and to political parties at $25,000. The initiative also would impose other campaign finance restrictions aimed at preventing political committees from obscuring the source of their money.

The committee backing the ballot initiative, which has received nearly $1.1 million in donations, says the initiative’s contribution limits would not apply to money given to issue-oriented committees, such as those supporting or opposing ballot measures.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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