Nearly $6 million spent on two Missouri ballot issues
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Nearly $6 million was spent trying to persuade Missouri residents to vote either for or against a pair of August ballot measures related to transportation and farming.
Final campaign finance reports showed that supporters of a proposed transportation sales tax were the biggest spenders, at $4.2 million. An opposition group spent barely $27,000. Yet voters defeated the measure by 59 percent.
The spending and vote totals were significantly closer on a proposal creating a constitutional right to farm. Supporters spent a little over $1 million while opponents spent $637,000.
The farming rights measure passed by a margin of less than one-half of a percentage point and is still undergoing a recount.