Politicians Pad Accounts Before Contribution Limits Kick In

Last month voters approved Amendment 2, which places a $2,600 limit on state campaign contributions per person per election.

Yesterday, December 8th, was the last day to donate unlimited sums of money. (Assuming the lawsuit challenging the legality of Amendment 2 fails.)

Since the beginning of the month, the Missouri Ethics Commission has recorded 118 separate contributions over $5000.

Who tops the list? Depends on how you look at it.

  • David Humphreys and his family gave $2,950,000.
  • Gov.-elect Eric Greitens has received $1,580,000 in less than two weeks. $100,000 came from the Humphreys family.
  • Attorney General-elect Josh Hawley received $1,128,750.49. $100,000 came from the Humphreys family, again.
  • Treasurer-elect Eric Schmitt received $92,000.00.
  • Secretary of State-elect Jay Ashcroft received $125,000, $100,000 coming from David Humphreys.
  • Mike Kehoe, Rob Vescovo and Holly Rehder both received 100,000 from David Humphreys.
  • And the MO GOP received $750,000, with $500,000 coming from David Humphreys.

Per the Associated Press: "Thursday's campaign finance records show donors pumped at least $5.2 million more to candidates between the day after the election and Wednesday, the final day of unlimited giving. The figures could grow because candidates have more time to report donations that are less than $5,000."

The days of unlimited campaign contributions may be over, but rest assured there's been some stockpiling.

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