Hell Freezes Over: Missouri GOP Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Restore Campaign Donation Limits

Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Government, Policies, Politics with 1 Comment

By Rita Christensen | www.addictinginfo.org


Editor's Note: With all the discussions about such cases as Citizens United, and how it has opened the floodgates for unbridled domestic & foreign campaign funding & abuses, it is easy to forget that we have had corruption in politics and immoral lobbying long before that case ever hit the Supreme Court's steps. This case should inspire us all to talk to our own legislators and urge them to bring similar litigation in each of our states.

A state lawmaker in Missouri has proposed an earth-shattering bill: The Missouri Anti-Corruption Act, which would put an end to unlimited gifts from lobbyists by restoring campaign contribution limits, and also close other loopholes that lead to corruption. But, perhaps most surprisingly, it was a Republican who introduced this bill. While it’s true that Democrats have been taking full advantage of the Citizens United decision recently, it was also Congressional Democrats who introduced—and tried to fight for—a constitutional amendment overturning that decision.

Republican Senator Rob Schaaf believes it’s time to return Missouri’s government to the people. Schaaf started a very vivid piece he wrote in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch with:

“As a member of the Missouri Senate, I can legally accept gifts from lobbyists unlimited in number and in value: fine wine, expensive meals, tickets to the World Series — whatever is on offer. And if I were seeking re-election, I could also accept unlimited campaign contributions. Without violating the law, a single person, union, or corporation could write my campaign a check larger than most Missouri families make in an entire year. In fact, I would probably need to seek out such checks — checks at least in the thousands and tens of thousands of dollars — if I wanted to win my election.”

That’s never more true than now, in the wake of Citizens United. It’s even more true in Missouri, which has considerably more lax campaign finance laws than any other state in the U.S. According to KRCU, a radio station at Southeast Missouri State University, in 2006, the state passed a law that removed campaign contribution limits altogether. Missouri’s Supreme Court struck that law down, and in 2008, the state legislature tried it again. This time, it stuck. Both times, Republican Governor Matt Blunt signed it into law.

Schaaf isn’t innocent in passing that law, though. At the time, he said he thought it was the right thing to do. KRCU reports that he has since come to realize that the benefits of campaign contribution limits outweigh the downside.

This is astounding, because it’s rare enough for a politician these days to admit that money isn’t everything, let alone that money shouldn’t be considered free speech. With Citizens United and McCutcheon allowing people to spend as much as they want on elections, it’s become way too easy to buy them.

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  1. jeffhand409@yahoo.com' Jeff says:

    I second that (lawamakers) emotion!

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