Missourians may get to vote to limit campaign contributions

May 4, 2016

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JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri voters could get to decide whether to re-impose limits on the money flowing to political candidates and committees.

Supporters of campaign contribution limits said Wednesday they had submitted more than 272,000 petition signatures to try to get a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

The measure would cap donations to candidates at $2,600 per election. Contributions to political parties would be capped at $25,000.

Missouri currently has no limits on political giving. Wealthy donors routinely give five- and six-figure checks to candidates.

Voters approved campaign contribution limits in 1994. But those were overturned in court, and limits passed that same year by legislators ultimately were repealed in 2008.