Representative files for contribution limits and transparency

2 years 6 months 2 weeks ago December 04, 2014 Dec 4, 2014 Thursday, December 04 2014 Thursday, December 04, 2014 5:23:56 PM CST in News
By: Lowell Thomas, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Representative Jill Schupp filed two pieces of legislation aiming to reform campaign finance in Missouri.

The first piece of legislation, SB 123, would limit contributions to statewide officials to $5,000 per election per individual.

Currently Missouri places no limits on the amount an individual can contribute.

SB 123 would also follow legislators after they step down. Lawmakers would be required to wait a full legislative session after they leave office before they can work as a lobbyist.

Schupp also filed SB 124 to increase transparency with donations to non-profit groups. The bill would require all exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code to disclose their donors and donation amounts.

"As we have seen in these last few years without limits, the enormous contributions from a handful of influential people can greatly outweigh the reasonable contributions made by thousands of concerned, engaged citizens," said Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, "By putting reasonable limits in place we can limit the influence of big donors on our political system and tip the balance back in favor of Missouri families who deserve elected officials who have their best interests at heart."

 

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