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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Just days before the election, the St. Louis region’s major energy and defense companies – Peabody Energy and Boeing Co. – are jumping into the 8th District congressional contest, with last-minute donations to Republican Jason Smith.

Peabody’s political action committee gave $5,000 to Smith, while senior vice president Fred Palmer donated $2,600, both within the last 10 days. Both sums were the maximum allowed under federal contribution limits.

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: If there’s one message that Alderman Scott Ogilvie wants to deliver with his bill restricting campaign contributions to city of St. Louis candidates, it’s that Missouri’s situation is not the norm.

From a practical standpoint, Ogilvie is correct. Missouri is one of only four states without contribution limits, a distinction that’s spurred much discussion  -- and, in some cases, derision – over the past few years.

Mo. Senate Passes On Ethics Bill, Campaign Contribution Caps

May 2, 2013
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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.

Time Running Short For Mo. Campaign Finance Issues

Apr 14, 2013
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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.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 27, 2012 - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., had a healthy fundraising quarter in late 2011, which helped her amass $4.8 million, according to federal summary sheets provided to the Beacon.

All congressional candidates must file reports by Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission. (The Beacon only reports figures obtained from the FEC website or from copies of the candidates' reports.)

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 19, 2012 - State Rep. Jamilah Nasheed, a St. Louis Democrat out to unseat state Sen. Robin Wright-Jones, outraised the incumbent during the final quarter of 2011, finishing the year with far more cash in the bank.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 19, 2012 - Their electoral battlefields may once again be in flux, but incumbent state senators in St. Louis County are building up financial firewalls in their bids for re-election.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 18, 2012 - State Sen. Brad Lager, R-Savannah, had a big fundraising quarter in his bid for lieutenant governor, taking in well over $733,000 during the final months of 2011 -- and outflanking incumbent Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder's quarter by a sizable margin.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 5, 2012 - Wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield has gotten out his checkbook again, donating $50,000 to Senate Republicans' campaign committee and $20,000 to state Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, who is seeking re-election in a new district.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 18, 2011 - A handful of area businessmen have helped one of their own, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dave Spence, outpace Gov. Jay Nixon in big donations for the first part of this month.

Since Nov. 29, Spence has collected $280,000 in contributions of more than $5,000, compared to $98,000 for Nixon, a Democrat who has been very successful in the fundraising department.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 2, 2011 - Amid talk of his past and potential new rivals, Republican gubernatorial candidate David Spence put his money where his mouth is on Wednesday, donating $2 million of his personal wealth into his campaign.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 18, 2011 - U.S. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., spent her summer focused on two key objectives: losing weight and raising money.

McCaskill has been upfront about her pleasure over losing close to 50 pounds in about five months, which she has attributed to a strict diet and lots of exercise -- taking note on Twitter of her treadmill treks.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 15, 2011 - Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan collected only $3 in cash donations between July 1 and Sept. 30, underscoring that she likely had made up her mind not to seek re-election some time before her Sept. 30 announcement.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 3, 2011 - Wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield, Missouri's campaign donor extraordinare, ended this week with a politically balanced spreadsheet.

Sinquefield gave $15,000 on Friday to the House Republican Campaign Committee -- possibly another show of his support for state House Speaker Steve Tilley, R-Perryville, who previously has been a recipient of Sinquefield's largesse.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 29, 2011 - Fifteen months before the 2012 elections, as both major parties craft their appeals, the Missouri Republican Party and its allied legislative arms are in a stronger financial position.

The latest campaign-finance reports show that the state GOP had $304,237 in the bank, as of June 30 --- which was 20 times the bank account reported by the state Democratic Party.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 26, 2008 - The Obama campaign has maintained in letters to the Justice Department that the American Issues Project - headed by Ed Martin, the former Blunt chief of staff and funded by a big swift boat contributor - is violating federal election law. Rick Hasen, who writes a respected election law blog, says that Obama may be right.

Countdown to Missouri's Aug. 5 primary

Jun 26, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: June 26, 2008 - Like determined safe crackers, Republicans labored for 84 years before they figured out the combination for breaking the Democrats' lock and taking complete control of state government in Missouri. Republicans already held majorities in the state House and Senate in 2004 when all the numbers fell into place and -- presto! -- Republican Matt Blunt took the governor's seat.

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