Ethics commission rolls back voter-approved campaign finance limits

The Missouri Ethics Commission dealt another blow to campaign finance limits approved by Missouri voters in November. Campaign committees in the state formed by party leaders are no longer restricted to contributions totaling $25,000 annually, according to a new ethics commission ruling.

In November, Missouri voters elected to cap contributions to individual candidates for office at $2,600. Contributions to political parties were capped at $25,000.

Since 2008, mega-donors such as retired St. Louis finance giant Rex Sinquefield have dumped millions into the electoral process in Missouri, making legislative leaders hugely powerful in the political process.

The new opinion, filed May 18, followed a decision from U.S. District Court Senior Judge Ortrie Smith that said much of the new law governing contributions did not pass constitutional checks in the area of limiting certain kinds of organizations from giving to candidates and parties.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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