Amid expensive governor's race, voters weigh donation limits

1 year 3 weeks 4 days ago Sunday, October 23 2016 Oct 23, 2016 Sunday, October 23, 2016 10:33:57 AM CDT October 23, 2016 in Continuous News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Most of the millions of dollars raised in the Missouri governor's race would be banned under proposed campaign contribution limits.

A measure on the Nov. 8 ballot would limit donations to candidates to $2,600 per person, per election.

An Associated Press analysis found close to $16.5 million of Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens' fundraising, or about 95 percent, was in donations of more than $2,600.

Democratic candidate Attorney General Chris Koster received $17.8 million worth of checks of more than $2,600. That's about 80 percent of what he's raised this election.

Missouri's previous campaign contribution limits were repealed in 2008. Since then, some donors have routinely given five-and six-figure checks.

Under the proposed constitutional amendment, donors also couldn't give more than $25,000 to political parties each primary and general election.

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