Senate Leader Ron Richard on Campaign Contribution Limits: "It’s Just Not Going to Happen"

Recipient of large campaign donation checks unmoved by calls for ethics reform

In news that shocks no one, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) has stated his opposition to campaign finance reform efforts.

From The Joplin Globe:

During a question-and-answer session at the Governor's Mansion, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, put in his final word about whether campaign contribution limits — Missouri doesn't have any — would be addressed this session.

"I know you all have questions about campaign limits," Richard said unprompted. "I know you all want it, we don't. It's just not going to happen."

Richard sits atop a few hefty checks from Missouri mega donors Rex Sinquefield and the Humphreys family

Here's a quick list of those checks written to the Committee to Elect Ron Richard, via the Missouri Ethics Commission website:

Amount Date From
$20,000 12/17/2015 Grow Missouri (Sinquefield-backed group)
$5,000 10/13/2015 David Humphreys
$5,500 10/24/2014 Grow Missouri
$4,500 7/7/2014 Grow Missouri
$10,000 5/11/2012 Ethelmae Humphreys
$25,000 5/9/2012 David & Debra Humphreys

The state of campaign finances in Missouri is abysmal.

More than a quarter of all large campaign contributions in Missouri over the last five years were doled out by 10 individuals and groups, according to analysis by The Star of reports filed with the state ethics commission.

Revolving door bans that don't apply to current legislators are weak. Lobbyist reforms not coupled with campaign finance limits are weak. Missourians deserve better than the current lukewarm ethics reforms being thrown around by GOP leaders.

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