The days of unlimited campaign contributions in Missouri could be coming to an end this November, but looming limits aren’t doing much to slow down Missouri’s mega donors.
A constitutional amendment will appear on the November ballot re-establishing campaign contribution limits that were repealed by the Missouri General Assembly in 2008. In the meantime, six- and seven-figure donations continue to pour into Missouri political campaigns at a faster clip than ever before.
There have been 10 contributions in the last two months of more than $1 million, going to both individual candidates and ballot measures. Since the Aug. 2 primary, $27 million in donations larger than $5,000 have been reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission. That figure is more than double the total of large contributions during the same time period in 2014 and $10 million more than in 2012.
Some of the biggest donors since the primary have been focused on a handful of measures that will appear on the November ballot, including two rival tobacco tax measures and a service sales tax ban.
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