Lawmakers divided on ballot measure to limit campaign contributions

A new effort to reinstall campaign contribution limits in Missouri has drawn reaction from both sides of the issue.

Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster, who’s running for governor, says campaign financing has become much more clouded as contributions have from risen from $25,000 then, to a million or more in 2016.

Although he thinks it’s “imperfect,” Koster backs a ballot initiative certified this week to cap contributions.  He says he’d bring it up to the legislature if he’s elected governor.

The campaign supporting Koster’s opponent, Eric Greitens, has filed an ethics complaints over a $1 million contributions by the “Jobs and Opportunity” PAC.  The suit claims the group, which is associated with the Democratic Governors Association, failed to report itself as an out of state committee.  Greitens also accepted a nearly $2 million donation last month from a Super PAC called “Seals for Truth.”

In opposition, Republican state Senator Ed Emery of Lamar thinks setting any limit on donations is an infringement on individual liberty.  Emery also contends setting limits on campaign contributions would give an unfair advantage to incumbent candidates.

The ballot measure going before voters in November caps contributions to statewide candidates at $2,600, while donations to political parties would be limited to $25,000.  If passed, the initiative would become an amendment to the Missouri Constitution.

Read more: Missourinet

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