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House Democrats push to change ethics and campaign finance laws.

Date: November 27, 2012
By: Nick Thompson
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 2300

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Missouri House Democrats are filing a bill requiring campaign contributors to show the Missouri Ethics Commission the money.
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Wrap: House Democrats announced Tuesday they are filing legislation requiring not for profits to disclose their donors, amongst other provisions.

The bill recycles a 2010 bill which capped what candidates could take from indidvidual donors and lobbyists and gave the Missouri Ethics Commission more power to investigate.

The bill's sponsor, Kansas City Representative Kevin McManus, says campaign finance and ethics reform should receive embrace from all over the state.

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Description: "We believe that this is not only a priority of our caucus, but a priority of Missourians throughout the state who want transparency and accountability in their government."

The bill addresses not for profits that spent hundreds of thousands this fall and were not required to disclose donors.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Nick Thompson.

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Missouri House Democrats are pushing to change ethics and campaign finance laws after non-profit organizations pumped thousands into campaigns this year.
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Wrap: Missouri House Democrats announced Tuesday they are filing legislation to require not for profit organizations to disclose their donors.

This comes after organizations like Missourians for Low Utility Costs appeared this fall. They donated $275,000 to a committee to influence state senate races.

Kansas City Representative Kevin McManus is filing the bill and says it should get wide approval.

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Description: "We believe that this is not only a priority of our caucus, but a priority of Missourians throughout the state who want transparency and accountability in their government."

The legislation will also cap donations for individual donors to one candidate at 5 thousand dollars.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Nick Thompson

Intro: 
After an election where it was not always clear where the money was coming from, Missouri House Democrats are resurrecting efforts to change ethics laws.
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Wrap: Lawmakers announced Tuesday they are recycling a bi-partisan bill from 2010 to change ethics laws, except it adds a provision requiring not for profits to disclose their donors.

The original bill capped what candidates could received from donors and lobbyists and gave the Missouri Ethics Commission more leeway to investigate.

The bill's sponsor, Kansas City Representative Kevin McManus, says both aisles need to tackle the issue early.

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Description: "so we urge the Republican house leadership to get this bi-partisan proposal heard, considered early, and get campaign ethics reform done this year, so we can return transparency and accountability to our process."

If passed, The bill would become effective before elections in 2014.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Nick Thompson.

 

 


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