Proposal On Returning Donations Exempts McCaskill, Others

1 decade 3 weeks 5 days ago Thursday, July 26 2007 Jul 26, 2007 Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:52:51 PM CDT July 26, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- The state's proposal to the Supreme Court that candidates be required to return excess campaign contributions from this year suggests limited exceptions. One would benefit Senator Claire McCaskill and others working to pay off campaign debt. The brief filed by Attorney General Jay Nixon says a Supreme Court ruling reinstating campaign contribution limits should apply dating back to January, when limits came off. But he says the court should make an exception for those whose election already occurred. The brief says such debt committees should not have to make refunds. That would allow McCaskill to keep excess money raised to pay off a personal loan in her failed governor's race. Fifty debt committees are active or closed since January, but many did not raise funds above the limits.

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