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Missouri Democrats Outline Campaign Finance Plan

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Missouri Democrats Outline Campaign Finance Plan

By Nancy Simpson. CREATED Jan 14, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's secretary of state unveiled a plan to cap campaign contributions, ban lawmakers from accepting gifts and institute a three-year period before legislators can become lobbyists.
 
Jason Kander and Rep. Kevin McManus, both Kansas City Democrats, said Tuesday that Missouri's ethics laws are the weakest in the country and they need to be changed. 
 
Missouri is currently the only state with no limits on campaign donations or lobbyist gifts, and no ban on lawmakers becoming lobbyists immediately after leaving office.
 
The measure is unlikely to gain traction in Missouri's Republican-led Legislature, where Democrats have pushed such bills in the past. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has also previously urged that campaign contribution caps to be reinstated.
 
Kander's proposal would also award whistleblowers 10 percent of an ethics fine for reporting violations.
 

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With a passion for news, Nancy has worked at KTTS for 15 years. Awarded Best Newscast from Missouri Broadcasters Association and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting

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