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  • Lake view: Time to limit campaign donations

  • While watching television one evening, I heard something on the news which totally blew my mind. The commentator said that Missouri is the only state where lawmakers can accept both unlimited campaign contributions and unlimited gifts from registered lobbyists.
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  • While watching television one evening, I heard something on the news which totally blew my mind. The commentator said that Missouri is the only state where lawmakers can accept both unlimited campaign contributions and unlimited gifts from registered lobbyists.
    In addition, Missouri allows former legislators to become lobbyists the day they leave office — something other state regulate.
    After doing some additional research, I learned that for the past six years, the governor has been calling for campaign contribution limits in Missouri, but nothing has happened (even though another article indicated that Governor Nixon himself has accepted more than $10 million since being elected governor).
    Researched also showed that Missouri voters approved campaign contribution limits two decades ago, but the legislature repealed them in 2008.
    Further research has shown that Missouri political candidates can even lend their campaign money and get paid back at whatever interest rate they choose — up to nine percent.
    It’s no wonder that Missouri’s “weakest in the nation” ethic laws are destroying the public’s trust in elected officials.
    As those who read the Lake Sun know, the City of Osage Beach and the City of Lake Ozark recently adopted resolutions supporting Governor Nixon’s veto of several pieces of legislation which would create numerous sales tax exemptions.
    These exemptions are predicted to have a devastating financial impact to the lake-area cities and all cities and counties in the state of Missouri.
    Copies of these resolutions were sent to the legislators who represent our communities to let them know that we hope they will not vote to overturn the governor’s veto, yet one local state representative has state publicly that he intends to do just that.
    Perhaps the time has come to pass legislation to cap campaign contributions and gifts from lobbyists.
    As a citizen of the state of Missouri, I would like to think that political decisions are made by our lawmakers based on what the constituents want ,not as a favor to a campaign contributor or lobbyist.
    After all, if the legislators won’t police themselves, who will?
    I’m just saying.

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