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Politics
6:27 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Political Collection At Mercantile Library 'Makes History Real'

This gold bug pin comes from the 1896 presidential campaign by Republican presidential candidate William McKinley, who supported the gold standard. At one time the wings would actually flap.
(Courtesy St. Louis Mercantile Library)

This Sunday an exhibition called “Presidents and Politics” opens at the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri St. Louis.

The campaign buttons, posters and cartoons on display seem quaint compared to this year’s high-tech presidential race, but they also show American politics has always been spirited.

The memorabilia is part of the Dr. Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Political Collection, a gift to the Mercantile Library.

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Campaign finance
11:27 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Federal court upholds Ill. campaign spending disclosure law

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

A federal appeals court has upheld the Illinois law that requires disclosure of most campaign spending by groups in excess of $3,000.

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Campaign Finance
3:35 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Lawsuit seeks to remove campaign donation limits in Illinois

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Reporting in this story from Brian Mackey.

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges Illinois' campaign finance laws. It seeks to remove limits on how much individuals and groups can donate to candidates.

The case argues there are two sets of rules under Illinois campaign law.

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Ethics fine
3:36 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

St. Louis alderman fined for ethics violations

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, shown here in July 2011, has been fined nearly $38,000 for campaign finance violations.
(via Facebook/Antonio French)

Updated at 8:45 p.m. to clarify the location of mingled funds.

The Missouri Ethics Commission has fined St. Louis city Alderman Antonio French nearly $38,000 for a series of campaign finance violations that occurred during his successful 2009 campaign for the 21st Ward seat.

French, a Democrat, was charged with five violations, including failing to maintain a checking account at a chartered bank for about nine months, and failing to update campaign records to indicate the closure of the old account and the opening of a new one.

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Nixon on ethics law
12:13 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Nixon wants contribution limits reinstated

Gov. Jay Nixon is asking lawmakers to reinstate contribution limits as part of any new ethics law.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Jay Nixon is asking Missouri lawmakers to move quickly to restore a government ethics bill the state Supreme Court struck down on Tuesday.

The legislation - which was struck down on procedural grounds - required campaigns to report contributions of more than $500 within 48 hours, banned certain committee-to-committee transfers, and allowed the state's Ethics Commission to investigate without first receiving complaints.

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Ethics bill overturned
2:24 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

State high court strikes 2010 ethics law

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a 2010 ethics law that took a long and twisted path to its final form.

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Mo. Auditor / Tom Schweich
1:50 pm
Fri July 15, 2011

Mo. auditor acknowledges campaign finance error

Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has acknowledged that his campaign failed to follow a state law requiring quick reporting of certain campaign contributions.

The law requires statewide officeholders to report contributions greater than $500 to the state Ethics Commission within 48 hours of receiving them, if those donations occur while the Legislature is in session or the governor is considering whether to sign or veto bills. The governor had until Thursday to act on bills.

Election 2012
2:28 pm
Fri April 15, 2011

Mo. Gov. reports raising $1.7M for re-election

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, pictured here during his 2011 State of the State address, announced he's raised $1.7 million during the past six months for his re-election campaign.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 5:08 p.m. April 15, 2011 with information about Kinder:

Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has reported raising about twice as much campaign money as Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in the past six months.

Nixon's campaign committee said Friday it raised $1.7 million during that period and had $2 million in the bank at the end of March. Kinder's campaign reported raising $771,000 and said it had $902,000 on hand.

Nixon reported spending $625,000 during the past six months, and Kinder's campaign said it spent $240,000.

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Election 2012
5:37 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

McCaskill raises more than $1 million for campaign

Mo. Sen. Claire McCaskill in February 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Sen. Claire McCaskill reports raising more than $1 million for her re-election campaign in the first quarter in 2011, a strong showing for the first-term incumbent.

The Missouri Democrat's campaign released the numbers on Tuesday. Candidates are required to submit their fundraising reports to the Federal Election Commission by April 15.

McCaskill raised $1.05 million in 2011. Her campaign also reported that she had nearly $1.8 million cash on hand.

Missouri Campaign Contributions
4:30 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Mo. measure proposed to limit campaign donations

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

An effort to cap campaign contributions to candidates in Missouri has moved one step forward.

The secretary of state's office on Friday approved a summary for a proposed ballot measure. That clears the way for supporters to begin collecting the more than 91,000 signatures needed to put the question to voters in 2012.

The proposal would bar candidates from accepting more than $5,000 per donor for each election.

Missouri's campaign finance laws have undergone numerous makeovers in recent years.

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