Missouri’s new donation limits bolster powers of political parties, outside groups

Once perceived as all-powerful, Missouri’s two major political parties have been relegated to the balcony ever since the state got rid of campaign-donation limits in 2008. That change allowed the bulk of the state’s political cash to flow directly to the candidates.

The state Republican and Democratic parties found most of their income eliminated, and ended up being beholden to their top politicians for payments just to keep their offices open and staffed.

But now, unless the courts rule otherwise, Missouri once again has campaign donation limits for some elective offices, courtesy of Amendment 2, which almost 70 percent of the state’s voters approved last month.

As of Dec. 8, candidates for state and legislative offices are now barred from accepting more than $2,600 per election from individual donors. The state parties are covered by much larger donation limits of $25,000 per election.

The change puts political parties back in business – and, potentially, in the driver’s seat.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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