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Nixon to Return more than One Million in Campaign Contributions.

Date: September 12, 2007
By: Ben DeMeyer
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: Jay Nixon's gubernatorial campaign will return more that one million dollars in campaign contributions, while Matt Blunt is keeping his decision on hold.

Ben DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more from the state capitol.

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Less than one day after the Missouri Ethics Committee announced that it would call for the return of any campaign contributions that exceeded the recently reinstated limits, Jay Nixon and his campaign began preparing to comply with the decision in full.

The committee left room for politicians to keep their excess funds if they can demonstrate a hardship in their return.

Oren Shur, Nixon's Communications Director, says the committee made the right decision.

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Description: Jay Nixon sees no hardship and we're preparing to return those contributions.


Governor Blunt says he will wait until he recieves his letter from the committee before his campaign decides how to proceed.

From the state capitol, this is Ben DeMeyer.


Intro: Attorney General Jay Nixon's is set to return campaign contributions while Matt Blunt is still on the fence about what to do next.

Ben DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more from the state capitol.

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Oren Shur, Jay Nixon's communications director, says the decision to return over-limit contributions will cost the campaign over one million dollars.

Other campaigns, including that of Governor Matt Blunt, have yet to address the issue.

Shur says the Missouri Ethics Committee made the right call in demanding the funding return, and was quick to criticize those who did not immediately comply.

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Description: Matt Blunt must be the only person in Missouri who thinks that the way to clean up politics is to give more access and influence to lobbyists and wealthy corporations.


Blunt says his campaign will address the issue after he recieves his letter from the Ethics Committee.

From the state capitol, this is Ben DeMeyer.


Intro: More than a year before the upcoming gubernatorial election, Jay Nixon and Matt Blunt are already at odds.

Ben DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more from the state capitol.

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After the Missouri Ethics Committee's decision to send out letters demanding the return of campaign contributions, affected politicians have a choice: comply and return any excess contributions, or show hardship that would allow them to keep the money. According to Oren Shur, Jay Nixon's Communications Director, the Attorney General has already made his choice.
Actuality:  SHUR5.WAV
Run Time: 00:06
Description: They've established the procedure for candidates to refund over-limit contributions and we're fully prepared to comply with that ruling.

Governor Matt Blunt says he is going to wait for his before he makes his decision.
Actuality:  BLUNTEC2.WAV
Run Time: 00:03
Description: We'll see what the letter says and respond accordingly.
Blunt also says that he isn't following the issue very closely.
 
From the state capitol, this is Ben DeMeyer.

Intro: More than a year before the upcoming gubernatorial election, Jay Nixon and Matt Blunt are already at odds.

Ben DeMeyer (DEE-my-er) has more from the state capitol.

RunTime:
OutCue: SOC
After the Missouri Ethics Committee's decision to send out letters demanding the return of campaign contributions, affected politicians have a choice: comply and return any excess contributions, or show hardship that would allow them to keep the money. According to Oren Shur, Jay Nixon's Communications Director, the Attorney General has already made his choice.
Actuality:  SHUR5.WAV
Run Time: 00:06
Description: They've established the procedure for candidates to refund over-limit contributions and we're fully prepared to comply with that ruling.

Governor Matt Blunt says he is going to wait for his before he makes his decision.
Actuality:  BLUNTEC2.WAV
Run Time: 00:03
Description: We'll see what the letter says and respond accordingly.
Blunt also says that he isn't following the issue very closely.
 
From the state capitol, this is Ben DeMeyer.