Court upholds Missouri initiative limiting campaign donations
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri judge has rejected a challenge to a November ballot proposal seeking to reinstate campaign contribution limits.
Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled Thursday that the measure's prohibition on contributions to political action committees from state-chartered banks, utilities and foreign corporations does not violate constitutional rights.
She also upheld the measure's prohibition on contributions between political action committees.
Opponents of the initiative had been seeking to knock it off the Nov. 8 ballot.
The proposed constitutional amendment would limit contributions to candidates to $2,600 per election and cap donations to political parties at $25,000.
Missouri's previous campaign contribution limits were repealed in 2008. Since then, candidates have routinely raked in five-and-six-figure checks.