Missouri Democrat Chris Koster supports effort to limit campaign contributions

Breaking from years of opposition to the idea, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Chris Koster formally came out in support of an initiative petition that would reinstate campaign contribution limits in Missouri.

During his time in the Missouri Senate, Koster voted to remove donation limits twice — first in in 2006 when he was a Republican and again in 2008 after he became a Democratic. Since then, he’s consistently opposed efforts to reinstate them.

But Koster said two things have changed: the addition of six- and seven-figure donations to political coffers and dwindling transparency.

In November 1994, 74 percent of Missouri voters approved a ballot measure limiting contributions to state candidates. The Republican-dominated General Assembly first voted to repeal the contribution limits in 2006, but the bill was struck down on procedural grounds by the Missouri Supreme Court.

In 2008, the legislature once again repealed contribution limits, which at the time stood at $1,350 for statewide candidates, $675 for Senate candidates and $325 for House candidates. Koster said that if the initiative petition is either knocked off the ballot or rejected by voters he’ll push for lawmakers to reinstall contribution limits if he’s elected governor.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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