campaign donation limits

Campaign Finance
2:00 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Stung By N.Y. Times, Koster Announces Personal Campaign-Finance Limits

Chris Koster
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

To repair his reputation, Missouri Attorney Chris Koster has announced self-imposed guidelines on what campaign donations he will accept as he runs his office while also running for governor in 2016.

In a statement, Koster said he was advancing “sweeping new transparency measures’’ that he acknowledged were intended to address some conflict-of-interest accusations that have been leveled against him.

But he also suggested that the General Assembly consider imposing similar campaign limits on other public officials.

His key restrictions include:

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Campaign Finance Laws
2:22 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Overall Limits On Campaign Contributions

U.S. Supreme Court
Credit Matt H. Wade | Wikipedia

(Updated 4:30 p.m., Wed., April 2 with comments from U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.)

For the second time in four years, the five Republican-appointed justices on the U.S. Supreme Court have opened the door for rich donors to increase their influence on elections. 

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Campaign Finance
9:47 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Appeals Court Resurrects Initiative Petition Drive For Campaign Donation Limits

Group seeks to put new campaign-donation limits in place in Missouri

The Western District Court of Appeals of Missouri has resurrected an initiative-petition effort to restore campaign donation limits in Missouri. But the proposal’s backers may not have enough time to collect the signatures needed to get their proposal before voters.

The lawyer for the appeals-court loser — wealthy donor Rex Sinquefield — noted that its side has 15 days to decide whether to appeal this week’s ruling to the Missouri Supreme Court.

“We have some time,’’ said Sinquefield lawyer Marc Ellinger.

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Politics & Issues
11:14 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Large Donors Provide Koster With Most Of His Campaign Money

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster collects lots of large donations for 2016 bid for governor
Credit (Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

While Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Secretary of State Jason Kander and even some Republicans talk about restoring limits on campaign donations, the man considered the likely Democratic nominee for governor in 2016 is collecting large donations at a frenetic clip.

Just this year, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has raised more than $1.2 million from 68 donations larger than $5,000 apiece, according to the Missouri Ethics Commission’s records. In fact, most of his large donations have been more than $10,000 each.

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