Campaign finance reports show impact of new limits for Missouri politicians

While Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and potential GOP rival U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner collect millions of dollars in campaign donations, many Missouri officials are raising far less as they adjust to new state campaign donation limits.

Missouri’s Amendment 2, which limits statewide officials and Missouri legislators from accepting individual donations of more than $2,600 per election, went into effect Dec. 8. State campaign reports from Jan. 1 to March 31, due Monday, document the amendment’s impact.

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, for example, reported raising $137,457 since Dec. 4 (a timeframe that was broader than other campaign reports filed before the deadline). But three-quarters of his money — $100,000 — came from a GOP donor who made the single contribution the day before the new restrictions took effect.

State Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat seeking election in 2018, appeared to have one of the strongest quarters among the statewide candidates — $152,136 since Jan. 1, with a total bank account of $381,662.

The campaign committee of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, a Republican, reported raising only $25,000 during the past three months.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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