Campaign Contribution Limits Increase

1 decade 2 years 8 months ago Friday, January 20 2006 Jan 20, 2006 Friday, January 20, 2006 9:09:41 PM CST January 20, 2006 in News

The state Ethics Commission has increased how much an individual can donate to candidates, but the rules aren't the same for everyone. It depends on what they're running for.

A House candidate can take up to $325 from an individual, a Senate candidate can take up to $650, and candidates for statewide offices can receive up to $1,275 from an individual donor.

The commission resets contribution limits every two years to adjust for inflation. This is the first time in four years House candidates can accept bigger donations.

Commission Executive Director Robert Connor has been talking to a lot of Missouri politicians who are looking for extra cash.

"You have people running for school board. You have people running for city races, since that comes up in April. Those people that can take those amounts are interested in what can they ask or receive as a contribution for their race," he said.

And, Connor says, the increases are significant.

"In a small race, I mean, $25, when you go from $320 to $325, in a small county or a small city race or in a school district, that can add up fairly quickly," he explained.

"That means a great deal. You've got 10 contributors, and you've got an extra $25 from each of them, you've got an extra $250," noted Joseph Carrol of the Ethics Commission.

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