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Ethics Commission weighs in on contributions


By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO. – Political candidates in Missouri may be in violation of state law if they accepted campaign contributions that exceeded the limits recently reinstated by the State Supreme Court.

That's the decision of the Missouri Ethics Commission. In a unanimous vote Tuesday, commissioners decided to notify candidates who have exceeded the limits that their status will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Robert Hess, an attorney for the Missouri Republican State Committee, wants the commission to hold off and give lawmakers a chance to address the issue next year:

I am concerned that the Missouri Supreme Court has told them that they should wait for the General Assembly to consider the problem and possible fixes, and they may be proceeding with enforcement actions before the General Assembly has had an opportunity to do that, Hess said.

Hess also criticized commission members for meeting in closed session for an hour before making their decision.

But Commission Chairman Warren Nieburg said they needed to discuss the issue with their attorney first, which is allowed under the state's sunshine law.

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