Politicians fatten coffers before Missouri’s new campaign donation limits kick in

On Dec. 8, Missouri’s new campaign donation limits approved in November are slated to go into effect.

And although opponents pledge to swiftly go to court to block those limits, some politicians appear to be taking advantage of the guaranteed time that remains to stock up on cash. Since the election, Missouri candidates and campaign committees have collected more than $2 million in donations over $5,000 apiece.

Under Amendment 2, as it was known on the ballot, candidates for statewide or legislative offices will be limited to individual donations no larger than $2,600 per donor per election.

The measure also caps donations to political party committees to $25,000 per election and bars direct donations from corporations or labor unions. The latter groups could, however, set up political action committees that could donate money to candidates.

Jefferson City lawyer Chuck Hatfield represents some critics, such as Legends Bank and some rural utility cooperatives, who plan to return to court before Dec. 8 to try to change some of Amendment 2’s restrictions, claiming that the restrictions are unconstitutional.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio


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