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Some Missouri lawmakers say they plan to make another run at reforming the state's loose ethics laws, but campaign contribution limits probably won't be on the table.

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Over the past week more than 90 contributions totaling more than $1.5 million dollars were made to political campaigns in Missouri as a last minute effort to reach voters before the election on November 4th according to the Associated Press. Political Science Professor at the University of Missouri Peverill Squire said these last minute donations are not out of the ordinary.

A fundraising quarter before an election is when Missouri politics starts getting real. 

And by “getting real,” I mean getting "real expensive.”

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The Missouri Senate has temporarily set aside debate on ethics legislation that would curb lobbying.

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A small handful of donors account for the bulk of money raised for statewide candidates and ballot measures in Missouri.

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Members of a state House panel agree the state needs to update its ethics law but are divided along party lines on how to do it.

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A Missouri Senate panel is considering legislation that would make legislators wait two years after leaving office to become lobbyists.

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A retired Missouri investment executive who has given millions of dollars to campaigns has filed a lawsuit challenging a proposed ballot measure seeking to establish campaign contribution limits.

According to a Kansas City Star report on Tuesday, Rex Sinquefield argues in his lawsuit that contribution limits would infringe on constitutional rights to free speech and free association. The suit contends the proposed limits are so low they inhibit effective advocacy, particularly as political campaigns become more costly.

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It's becoming harder to track how much money is being spent to catch the ear of Missouri lawmakers as they increasingly reimburse lobbyists for freebies.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that reimbursing lobbyists keeps lawmakers names off lobbyists' monthly expense reports.

The reimbursements become controversial when campaign funds are used to pay back lobbyists. That's because state law says campaign contributions "shall not be converted to any personal use."