Veto session provides opportunity for campaign fundraising

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week, but they’ll be doing more than just acting on legislation vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon.

While in town, some members will spend Tuesday and Wednesday raising campaign cash as part of a September ritual that includes at least 31 events this year in which lobbyists and supporters will dole out checks to their favored members of the House and Senate.

This year, however, could be the final time those checks can come in any dollar amount.

In an unusual confluence of politics, government and the legal system, Monday marks the day when attorneys argue before a state appeals court about whether a voter initiative calling for caps on campaign contributions should be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

If the measure survives the court fight, and if voters approve the referendum, contributions to individual candidates would be capped at $2,600. Contributions to a political party would be limited to $25,000.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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