Senate kills proposed campaign contribution limit; lobbyist gift limit hits snag

A last-minute effort to push through legislation limiting campaign contributions and requiring transparency about donors to certain advocacy groups hit a wall Wednesday in the Missouri Senate.

As senators debated a proposal to limit lobbyist gifts, Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrensburg, proposed amendments to the bill that would cap campaign contributions and require disclosure of who makes big donations to opaque 501(c)(4) groups.

But Senate leadership intervened, saying the topics of Pearce’s suggested amendments didn’t match the subject of the bill.

With the legislative session ending Friday, it’s not clear whether the bill will come up for debate again before the legislature adjourns.

While Senate Republican leaders, including Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, dismissed Pearce’s amendment because of the title of the bill, they also voted against disclosure requirements for 501(c)(4) groups earlier in the legislative session.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri Times

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