Constitutional Amendment 2 would re-establish campaign contribution limits in Missouri on state (statewide and Missouri Senate and House) and judicial candidates.
“Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:
- establish limits on campaign contributions by individuals or entities to political parties, political committees, or committees to elect candidates for state or judicial office;
- prohibit individuals and entities from intentionally concealing the source of such contributions;
- require corporations or labor organizations to meet certain requirements in order to make such contributions; and
- provide a complaint process and penalties for any violations of this amendment?”
In 1994, voters of Missouri approved Proposition A to establish campaign contribution limits as a statute, not constitutional amendment. It passed by 74%. In 2008, however, the Missouri General Assembly voted to repeal contribution limits and Governor Matt Blunt signed the repeal into law. Missouri has been a leader in low ethics and campaign finance standards ever since.
- Amendment 2 would place a @2,600 limit on contributions to to statewide, state legislative, and judicial candidates and a $25,000 limit on contributions by persons or other committee to political party committees (state party and county central committees). Contributions to federal candidates, city or county candidates, and political action committees (including party ward accounts), would continue to be unlimited.
- Amendment 2 would ban labor unions and corporations from making direct campaign contributions. Union and Corporation PACs, however, would could continue to make contributions.
- Amendment 2 would stop committee-to-committee transfers of money, PAC A would no longer be able to contribute to PAC B, what many people consider to be money laundering.
- Amendment 2 would prohibit candidates from accepting contributions from out-of-state committees unless they file with Missouri Ethics Commission.
Amendment 2 does not go far enough and certainly there is reason to distrust Fred Sauer, the anti-stem cell activist who has personally funded this ballot initiative. But Missouri’s reputation for unlimited money in elections, dark money from front organizations, and growing influence of campaign consultants means we are for sale to the highest bidder and this is the greatest threat to democracy of our times.
A Vote for Amendment 2 is how we start taking back our elections from wealthy interests and persons.
— Marie Ceselski, 7th Ward Democratic Committeewoman