campaign finance

On the Trail
5:13 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Sinquefield Still Reigns Supreme Among State's Biggest Individual Donors

Rex Sinquefield
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When it comes to campaign financing, one name stands out: Rex Sinquefield. 

In 2013, an off year politically, the retired financier gave millions in campaign contributions — primarily to ballot initiatives and political action committees. Most of Sinquefield's money went toward an ultimately unsuccessful campaign to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of tax cut legislation. Sinquefield also gave hundreds of thousands of dollars for ballot initiatives, including one to curtail teacher tenure.

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On the Trail
11:10 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Democrats Edge Out Republicans In Big Donations In 2013

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For most intents and purposes, it was all quiet on Missouri's electoral front in 2013. But that didn’t stop the money from flowing to candidates and campaigns. 

Throughout last year, a diverse group of donors gave well over $21 million worth of donations of $5,000 or more. That money flowed to candidates, political party committees, ballot initiatives and political action committees in all corners of the state.

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Campaign contribution limits
8:45 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Court To Hear Challenge To Campaign Finance Limits

Several civic leaders from Kansas City have gone to court challenging a voter-approved state law that requires Kansas City and St. Louis to ask voters every five years to renew the city earning taxes.

The long-simmering fight over campaign contribution limits is heating up once again. The latest chapter: a Kansas City court is to hear oral arguments Wednesday in the case between Missouri Roundtable for Life, which supports contribution limits, and libertarian interests, headed up by Rex Sinquefield.

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Politics & Issues
2:03 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Politically Speaking: Alderman Ogilvie On Complete Streets, Donation Limits and Transportation Taxes

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Every week, St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon's Chris McDaniel joins Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics. 

On this holiday edition of the podcast, Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum welcome St. Louis Alderman Scott Ogilvie, I-24th Ward to the show. Chris McDaniel is on assignment this week.

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Ethics reform
5:14 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Nixon Calls On Legislature To Pass Ethics Reform

Gov. Jay Nixon called on the legislature to pass tougher ethics legislation when it convenes in January.
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Updated 7:19 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is once again pressing for ethics reform in state government, and for the resurrection of campaign donation limits. But this time, Nixon may be hoping for stronger interest in the Republican-controlled General Assembly, where some GOP legislators now share some of his views.

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Campaign Finance
2:17 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Major Donor Sinquefield Files Suit Against Contribution-Limiting Amendment

Missouri's biggest political contributor is fighting against a constitutional amendment that would severely limit his power.

Libertarian multimillionaire Rex Sinquefield and one of his lobbyists, Travis Brown, filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Jason Kander and Auditor Tom Schweich, arguing that a proposed ballot initiative violates their right to free speech.

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Campaign Finance Reform
6:03 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

St. Louis City Contemplates Campaign Contribution Limits

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St. Louis aldermen have begun considering whether to limit the amount of money flowing into city politics.

The measure from Ald. Scott Ogilvie limits donations of all kinds to $3,000 for aldermanic races, and $10,00 to contests for board president, mayor and comptroller. The amounts are indexed to inflation, but they do not apply to candidates spending their own money.

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Campaign Finance
10:47 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Mo. Senate Passes On Ethics Bill, Campaign Contribution Caps

A survey released by Creighton University shows continued economic growth for the near future, though no real expectation for increased employment. (via Flickr/ Rob Lee)
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The Missouri Senate declined to vote on an ethics bill, including a proposal to reinstate campaign contribution limits.

The Senate on Wednesday debated the measure that also would have imposed a 10-year period before lawmakers could become lobbyists. The bill also would've required lawmakers to electronically report contributions of more than $25 during legislative sessions.

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MO Statehouse
8:13 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Time Running Short For Mo. Campaign Finance Issues

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Time is running short for any legislative efforts to tighten Missouri's campaign finance rules.

Campaign finance appears to have taken a secondary position at the state Capitol, where the focus has included economic development, taxes and the Medicaid health care program for the poor and disabled. Lawmakers have about a month remaining until their mandatory adjournment.

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