Senator Crowell challenges contribution limits.
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Senator Crowell challenges contribution limits.

Date: December 2, 2008
By: Jack Cunningham
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: A Missouri Republican Senator says limiting campaign contributions is pointless, but House Democrats say this is a priority.

Jack Cunningham has more from the State Capitol.

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Minority House Leader Paul LeVota says campaign contributions are out of control and there need to be limits.

Cape Girardeau Republican Senator Jason Crowell says party committees have gotten out of hand, but that individuals should be able to donate as much as they want.

 
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Description: Absolutely, I believe in transparency. If you give a dollar to an individual candidate for office, we should know about it.  It shouldn't be funneled through legislative district committees or party apparatuses or organizations.
 
LeVota says the original repeal stemmed from a voter initiative passed in 1994 and the state needs to respect voters' wishes.
 
Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Jack Cunningham.
Intro: Missouri House Democrats say they have plans to restore a repealed bill in the upcoming session.

Jack Cunningham has more from the State Capitol.

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Democratic House Leader Paul LeVota says he wants a cap of 2 thousand dollars placed on campaign contributions.

LeVota says contributions got out of control during this election season, with some reaching 1 million dollars.

Cape Girardeau Republican Senator Jason Crowell says he wants transparency but no limit on how much someone can give.

 
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Description: I was sick and tired of party bosses that controlled, uh , God knows what committees all over the state, uh, basically moving money around that no one could really find out, uh, who gave what funds to what person.

Crowell says individuals should be able to donate money if the contributions are in the public record.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Jack Cunningham.


Intro: The Missouri House Democratic Leader says campaign contributions should have a limit, but a Republican Senator says it won't solve the problem.

Jack Cunningham has more from the State Capitol.

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The Missouri House Democrats say the decision to repeal limits on campaign contributions was a mistake.

House Minority Leader Paul LeVota says they also need to prevent political party committees from donating to candidates.

Cape Girardeau Republican Senator Jason Crowell says he doesn't want limits but agrees with the other idea.

 
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Description: I would support that if that's the target that they're looking at: getting rid of legislative district committees on both the Republican and Democratic sides.

Crowell says eliminating committees and making individual contributions public information would increase transparency.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Jack Cunningham.